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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...



Item # 662645

June 22, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 22, 1848 

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career

This newspaper contains on pages 1, 2 & 3 reports from the "House of Representatives". The front page has a report concerning the "Civil and Diplomatic Appropriations". In this discussion is: "Mr. Lincoln delivered a speech on the subject of internal improvements, in the course of which he argued in opposition to doctrines advanced on this subject in the President's veto message."
Pages 2 & 3 have voting results from the House of Representatives & within two of the "Yeas" lists are the votes "Lincoln", this being Abraham Lincoln when he was serving just two years as a Representative from Illinois. Quite rare to find mention of Lincoln's name three times in one issue.
In 1846 Lincoln ran for the United States House of Representatives and won. While in Washington he became known for his opposition to the Mexican War and to slavery. He served only one term, from March, 1847 thru March, 1849, so Congressional reports with mention of Abraham Lincoln are quite scarce. Lincoln returned home after his term and resumed his law practice.
Quite rare to find period mentions of Lincoln--albeit quite inconspicuous--from long before he would become a national figure. Lincoln was just 39 years old at the time, and great to have this vote be on a slavery issue!
Four pages, a bit irregular at the spine, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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