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1860 Political Campaign Chart for Lincoln and his Opponents including Sam Houston

Starting Bid - $700.00, Sold For - $2,204.00

From perhaps the most important election in this country's history: a 27 x 35.5 inch multicolored broadside, "Political Chart - Presidential Campaign, 1860," published by H. H. Lloyd & Company, New York. Few appreciate how unlikely Lincoln's election in 1860 actually was: given the numerous problems, from a crowded field of candidates to the divisive polemics of the campaign, the "Great Emancipator" was far from a "shoe-in." These campaign charts, which adorned both classrooms as well as taverns and meeting-halls, are evidence of the participatory nature of politics in the mid-nineteenth century... people got involved! Few campaign charts from this era have survived; and each is a museum-quality treasure and tribute to the politics of the day. In addition to the portraits of past presidents with brief biographical information flanking the poster, we see all the hopefuls - both presidential and vice presidential aspirants - going into the 1860 national contest: John Bell and Edward Everett; the "little giant" Stephen Douglas and his running-mate Herschel Johnson; John Breckinridge and Joseph P. Lane; Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. There is even a portrait of the "brief hopeful" Sam Houston. (Interestingly, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, William Seward, is not featured, leading us to believe this was printed just after the Chicago convention when Lincoln was chosen as that party's standard-bearer, though Houston was still being spoken of in the Northeast press as the "People's Party" candidate.) The various party platforms are also detailed along with a map of the United States. When the votes were finally tallied on November 6, 1860, Lincoln and the Republican Party received 1,866,452 votes (59% of the electoral votes, carrying eighteen states); Douglas and the Democratic Party received 1,375,157 votes; Breckinridge and the Southern Democrats received 847,953 votes; and John Bell's Constitutional Union Party garnered 590,631 votes. Any attempt to articulate the lasting importance of Lincoln's election would be pointless. Suffice it to say this broadside charts the movement toward a profound change in world history. Overall in Very Good condition, some minor tape stains, mostly at margins, marginal tears, some damp stains and chipping (small piece missing at bottom), still a fine presentation for a large, dramatic piece of such significance and great rarity. These campaign charts are considered by many to be the most impressive display pieces produced relating to the presidential campaigns of the Civil War era. Framed to total dimensions of 30 x 30 inches. Reserve $700. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,204.00


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