PRESIDENT-ELECT LINCOLN BIDS FAREWELL AT SPRINGFIELD
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CHRONOLOGY OF LINCOLN'S LAST DAYS IN
- 10. The Illinois Republican
Convention, meeting in Decatur, unanimously
instructs its delegation to the National
Convention to support Lincoln who is
present, for President. It is here that he
receives the nickname "Rail Splitter."
18. Lincoln, who remains in
Springfield, is nominated for President on
the third ballot by the Republican National
Convention in Chicago. Hannibal Hamlin of
Maine receives the nomination for Vice -
July. Robert Lincoln enrolls
in Harvard University. After graduation in
1864 he becomes a captain on the staff of
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
Oct. 19. Lincoln receives a
suggestion from eleven - year - old Grace
Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., that he grow
beard. He writes her, "As to the whiskers,
having never worn any, do you not think
people would call it a piece of silly
affection if I were to begin it now?"
Nov. 6. Lincoln becomes the
first Republican to be elected President of
the United States, defeating the three other
candidates, Douglas (Northern Democrat),
John C. Breckinridge (Southern Democrat),
and John Bell (Constitutional Unionist).
Dec. 20. "The Union Is
Dissolved " with the secession of South
Jan. 31. Lincoln makes a
farewell visit to his aged stepmother in
Feb. 4. The Confederate
States of American are formed by
representatives of South Carolina, Georgia,
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
meeting at Montgomery, Ala. Texas, which has
also suceded, is not represented. Jefferson
Davis is elected president and Alexander H.
Stephens, vice - president.
Feb. 11. Lincoln delivers
his "Farewell Address" to the people of
Springfield from the rear of his car at the
Great Western Railroad station.