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John C. Frémont withdraws from the presidential election, healing a dangerous split in the Republican vote

John Charles Fremont, detail
Radical Republicans under the name the Radical Democracy Party had nominated John C. Frémont for President in early June, with John Cochrane of New York as his running mate.  This split the Republican vote badly. As the presidential election drew nearer and the prospects of the success of the McClellan-Pendleton Democratic ticket grew, Frémont decided to withdraw, as he said "not to aid in the triumphs of Mr. Lincoln, but to do my part toward preventing the election of the Democratic candidate." (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Presidential campaign - Gen. Fremont withdraws from the Canvas," New York Times, September 23, 1864, p.1.