Republican National Convention meets in Chicago, Illinois

The Republican Party opened its second national convention in Chicago, Illinois with high expectations.  The party had won elections across the North and the national Democrats had splintered at their recent convention in Charleston.  On the third day and third ballot of the Republcian gathering, attorney Abraham Lincoln of Illinois received the party's nomination as presidential candidate, beating out the frontrunner, Senator William Seward of New York and several others.  Senator Hannibal Hamlin of Maine won the vice-presidential spot on the second ballot.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation
Henry H. Smith, All the Republican National Conventions .... (Washington, DC: Robert Beall, 1896), 21-23. 
Date Certainty
Horace White to Abraham Lincoln, February 10, 1860
New York Herald, “Trouble among the Republican President Makers,” February 28, 1860
Newark (OH) Advocate, “The Chicago Convention,” March 2, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “A Lesson for the South,” March 9, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “A Pair of Smart Politicians,” March 14, 1860
Newark (OH) Advocate, “Waking Up to Their Danger,” April 20, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Douglas Nomination,” April 21, 1860
New York Herald, “The Republican Press on the Chances of Douglas,” April 22, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Wigwam,” April 25, 1860
San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “Seward the Republican Nominee,” April 25, 1860
Newark (OH) Advocate, “‘Old Judge McLean’,” April 27, 1860
Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “The Coming Conventions,” May 9, 1860
Atchison (KS) Freedom’s Champion, “The Charleston Convention,” May 12, 1860
Entry by Orville Browning, May 16, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Visit the Mississippi,” May 16, 1860
Recollection by Henry C. Whitney, Republican National Convention, May 16-18, 1860
Recollection by Murat Halstead, Republican National Convention, May 16-18, 1860
Abraham Lincoln's Endorsement on the Margin of the Missouri Democrat, May 17, 1860
Joshua Reed Giddings to Abraham Lincoln, May 19, 1860
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Enthusiasm over the Nomination,” May 19, 1860
Richmond (VA) Dispatch, “The Chicago Convention,” May 21, 1860
Fayetteville (NC) Observer, "The Black Republican Nominees," May 21, 1860
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “The Nomination of Mr. Lincoln,” May 22, 1860
Charleston (SC) Courier, "A Great Error," May 22, 1860
(Jackson) Mississippian, "The Objects of the Black Republican Party Boldly Avowed," May 22, 1860
Abraham Lincoln to George Ashmun, May 23, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Lincoln as He Is,” May 23, 1860
Raleigh (NC) Standard, “The Chicago Convention,” May 23, 1860
Ripley (OH) Bee, “The Candidates,” May 24, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Going – Going – Gone!,” May 24, 1860
Newark (OH) Advocate, “Lincoln and Hamlin,” May 25, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune,“The Fillmore Men,” May 25, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Mr. Lincoln's Committals,” May 28, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The New York Sun on Lincoln,” May 28, 1860
Schuyler Colfax to Abraham Lincoln, May 30, 1860
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Lincoln at the South,” June 7, 1860
Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Getting Their Eyes Open,” June 11, 1860
Richard W. Thompson to Abraham Lincoln, June 12, 1860
Lowell (MA) Citizen & News, “Mr. Lincoln's Position,” December 24, 1860
John P. Verree to Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1861
Newark (OH) Advocate, “Obtaining Votes Under False Pretences,” January 18, 1861
New York Times, “Rumored Invasion of the South,” January 25, 1861
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