In 1858 people yearned to know more about Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. The New York Evening Post, a Republican publication, offered character sketches of both candidates. The paper described Douglas as a short, burly man from Vermont, who was talented in politics. The report depicted Lincoln in deeper detail, describing a man of “poor white parentage” who climbed to the top of the legal profession while remaining honest and reliable. The article noted that physically Lincoln appeared opposite of Douglas—“very tall, slender and angular”—but claimed that he was just as tenacious in debate. (By David Park)
"Douglas and Lincoln," Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, September 1, 1858, p. 2: 2.
Chicago Press and Tribune
Douglas and Lincoln
Blake Dickinson, Dickinson College