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#27 - Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln’s first foray into politics in 1840

Mount Pleasant, Illinois poll book from the 1840 national election, one page, 28 x 8, dated November 1840. This page has the names of 52 voters and their votes, all written by the election clerk, as well as the tally at the bottom, broken down into the results for each candidate. Certification at the bottom reads, “The votes given in the Mount Pleasant precinct for Harrison and Tyler electors are as follows,” with Lincoln receiving 24 votes. In very good condition, with partial separations along horizontal folds, scattered toning, and mirroring of ink from an adjacent page (not included). Lincoln was a determined party functionary, actively campaigning for Whig presidential candidates in each election from 1840–1856. On numerous occasions he was a candidate for presidential elector, the first being in 1840. It was in that 1840 election Lincoln first debated Stephen Douglas, who was an advocate for Martin Van Buren. RR Auction COA.

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