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FROM-- SET TWO, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

Topic Twenty-four: Abraham Lincoln, His Politics, Speeches and Debating

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Abraham Lincoln, the Parties & Presidents in the 1840's Lincoln in the Illinois House & later in the U.S. Congress;  Lincoln and The Mexican War
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A TIMELINE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S POLITICAL ACTIVITIES AT SPRINGFIELD

 

Abraham Lincoln's Political Activities in the 1830's

 

In 1830 the Thomas Lincoln family, including a 21 year-old Abraham move to Macon County (Decatur) Illinois from southern Indiana.

 

Abraham would move to New Salem a year later, and then interest in politics would arise.

 

A bare-footed Abraham Lincoln gives his first political speech in Decatur.  His platform was improving the navigation of the Sangamon River.  Lincoln Stump Speaking Click Here

 

Abraham moves to New Salem in 1831, and joins a debating society.

 

August 4, 1834, at age 24, is elected to the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig party.

 

August 1, 1836, is re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly and by now is a leader of the Whig party.

 

1837, helps to get the Illinois state capital moved from Vandalia to Springfield.

 

August 6, 1838, re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly, becoming Whig floor leader.

 

August 3, 1840, re-elected to the Illinois Gen. Assembly

 

MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE 1840'S

                    The Whigs--  Their Platform

                                          No presidential candidate until  1840

 

Jacksonian Democrats--Their Platform (See the White House Site for all Presidents)

     Andrew Jackson: President 1830-1837

      Martin Van Buren: President 1837-1841

 

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