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In New York City, Democrats meet to ratify a united front in November against Lincoln and the Republicans

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences, New York City, circa 1855
10/08/1860
Democrats dedicated to defeating Abraham Lincoln in November met at the Cooper Institute in New York City to put together a "fusion" movement to heal the split between supporters of Breckinridge and those of Stephen Douglas.  Politicians such as John A. Dix, Samuel Tilden, and John Cochrane gave fiery anti-Lincoln speeches and an agreement was ratified to unite Democrats in New York to defeat the Republicans the following month.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Ratification of Fusion," New York Times, October 9, 1860. 

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