Prominent New York American Party politician James O. Putnam endorses Abraham Lincoln
James O. Putnam, a prominent American Party politician in the state of New York, endorsed Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in a letter to Lincoln supporters organizing a rally in New York City's Union Park. Defending Republicans from charges of abolitionism and judging Lincoln himself "no fanatic" on matters of racial equality, Putnam saw Lincoln's personal character as a powerful attribute and stressed his intention to vote for him. (By John Osborne)
"Letter of Hon. James O. Putnam," The Campaign of 1860: comprising the speeches of A. Lincoln, W.H. Seward ..... (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), 14-15.