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December 25, 1847

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 25, 1847 

* Early mention of Abraham Lincoln in Congress

Page 5 contains an inconspicuous report from the House of Representatives, yet is very significant as a very early report of Abraham Lincoln speaking in Congress. The report is datelined "Wednesday, Dec. 22" and notes: "Mr. Lincoln, of Illinois, submitted a series of resolutions calling upon the president to inform congress whether the spot on which the first blood was shed in the beginning of the war with Mexico, is or is not on the soil of the United States; whether said spot was or was not ceded to the United States by France in the Louisiana purchase; and whether said spot was or was not ceded by the United States to Spain in the Florida treaty of 1819".
This was Abraham Lincoln's first speech as a member of the House of Representatives & is the earliest substantive mention of Lincoln in any newspaper we have found. The 3 earlier mentions we have found (also in Niles') were name mentions only, not reporting any actions by him.
Sixteen pages, 9 by 12 inches, various foxing throughout, good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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