Elections & Inaugurations

Newspaper reporting of elections and inaugurations, including those with inaugural addresses, are some of the most sought after collectibles amongst rare newspaper enthusiasts.  Reading about these historic political events within the context of other news of the day provides great depth to our understanding of these highly energized occasions.  Please enjoy!

Elections & Inaugurations

Newspaper reporting of elections and inaugurations, including those with inaugural addresses, are some of the most sought after collectibles amongst rare newspaper enthusiasts.  Reading about these historic political events within the context of other news of the day provides great depth to our understanding of these highly energized occasions.  Please enjoy!
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652583

Constitutional Convention begins & Washington is elected its President...

Item #652583

May 28, 1787

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 28, 1787 



* Constitutional Convention begins

* George Washington elected 1st president



An exceedingly historic issue as this newspaper reports the formal beginning of the Constitutional Convention--terrific to have in a newspaper from the city where these notable proceedings were held. As such, this is likely the first newsp... See More  

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646966

The election of Washington as the first President, and so much more...

Item #646966
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), April, 1789  A very significant issue, and one of a few magazines or newspapers with the text reporting the actions of Congress formally counting the votes for the first President of the United States. Near the back are several pages of the: "Proceedings of Congress", the first headed: "Brief Sketch of the Most Interesting of the Proceedings... See More  

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$420.00
655249

George Washington is elected President...

Item #655249
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, May, 1789 



* George Washington elected 1st president of U.S.

* Report from his Revolutionary War enemy (historic)




Certainly the most significant---and very historic--report in this issue is the account under the heading "America" of George Washington being elected the first President of the United States. The full text can be seen in... See More  

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658428

Visiting President Washington... How he was dressed for the inauguration...

Item #658428

May 09, 1789

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, May 9, 1789 



* United States government in it's infancy

* Post-President George Washington inauguration




A great issue on the earliest days of the new federal government including most of page 2 taken up with: "Debates of Congress" from the first several weeks. The entry for May 1 notes: "The speech of the President to the two House... See More  

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$179.00
679892

First inauguration of George Washington...

Item #679892

July 16, 1789

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 16, 1789  Certainly one of the more desirable events to have in a period newspaper is the first inauguration of George Washington. American issues with such content are virtually unobtainable today, and reports in any newspapers worldwide are extremely uncommon.

Here is a nice report of this significant event found on page 2, datelined: "Extract of a ... See More  

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668125

Sam Adams is elected governor...

Item #668125

May 11, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 11, 1796 



* Samuel Adams, Massachusetts governor

* 18th century American original




Page 2 has a very brief report: "His Excellency Samuel Adams is re-elected Governor of this Commonwealth, for the year ensuing: by a majority of about 2000 votes."



Four pages, irregular at the right margin, paper flaw to front leaf causing a blank spot on pg. 2... See More  

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676796

Great on the inauguration of the President & Vice President...

Item #676796

March 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, March, 1797  The most notable report is near the back being a fine account of the: "Presidential Inauguration" with good derail. This is followed by: "Speech" being John Adams's inaugural address taking nearly 3 pages. 

This is followed by: "After concluding his speech, the President descended from his seat to receiv... See More  

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645101

Results of the election for governor... Naval news...

Item #645101

June 02, 1798

THE WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, June 2, 1798  Page 3 has results of the: "Election" for Governor, showing a majority for Livingstone over John Jay. Also: "An Act More Effectually to Protect the Commerce & Coasts of the United States".

Four pages, 9 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches.

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667545

Jefferson's response upon being notified of being elected President...

Item #667545

March 11, 1801

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 11, 1801  Page 3 has, under: "President Elect" a report: "The Committee instructed on the 18th instant to wait the President Elect and notify him of his election, REPORT--that they have, according to order performed that service, and addressed the President elect in the following words, to wit: 'The committee beg le... See More  

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667350

Jefferson's inaugural address...

Item #667350

March 15, 1805

NEW-ENGLAND PALLADIUM, Boston, March 15, 1805 



* President Thomas Jefferson

* Inauguration - inaugural address




An historic issue as page 2 begins with: "Inaugural Speech" of Thomas Jefferson's 2nd term, with a prefacing paragraph: "On the 4th instant at 4 o'clock, Mr. Jefferson appeared in the Chamber of the Senate of the United States, where his re-election was ... See More  

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673062

James Monroe leads in the election... Navy seeks a depot in the Chesapeake...

Item #673062

February 15, 1817

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 15, 1817  Featured is a chart showing that James Monroe is in the lead for Presidency of the United States. Another report has much detail on: "Cleopatra's Barge".

Five pages are taken up with considerable detail on: "Naval Depot" "Report of the Secretary of the Navy...Information Relating to the Selection of a Site for... See More  

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622032

Monroe wins the Presidential election...

Item #622032

February 19, 1817

NEW YORK SPECTATOR, Feb. 19, 1817  The top of the front page as an announcing: "According to the provisions of the constitution the votes...for President and Vice President were yesterday counted...was officially proclaimed by the President of the Senate that JAMES MONROE is elected President...and DANIEL D. TOMPKINS is elected Vice President..." (see).

Four pages, never-trimmed ma... See More  

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649930

James Monroe is re-elected... Rare mention of Daniel Boone...

Item #649930

December 16, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore,  Dec. 16, 1820  The back page has a report with a small head: "Presidential Election" which begins: "It is probable that Mr. Monroe has been re-elected president by an almost unanimous vote & Mr.Tompkins re-elected  vice president..." with a bit more.

This issue comes with a "Supplement" which includes a rare ... See More  

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672083

The Presidential election... American Indians: Choctaw, Osage, Creeks...

Item #672083

December 04, 1824

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 4, 1824  Among the articles are: "Presidential Election" which has a chart showing states and votes for each, plus another report of the Alabama votes for President by county.

Also inside: "LaFayette & the Sons of the Forest" being an emotional heart-felt meeting of Choctaw Indian chiefs and General LaFayette, which is ironi... See More  

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624741

The Maryland "Jew Bill" finally passes... Inaugural address of John Quincy Adams...

Item #624741

March 05, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 5, 1825 



* The passage of the Maryland "Jew Bill"

* John Quincy Adam's inaugural address




Without question the most notable content within this issue is the page 3 report headed: "Maryland", which states in part: "The legislature of this state adjourned on Saturday last. The 'Jew bill', as it is called--or... See More  

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655962

First Jews elected in Maryland...

Item #655962

October 14, 1826

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 14, 1826 



* First Jews elected in Maryland

* Judaica - Jewish

* Andrew Jackson




One of the reports within has a small head: "The Jews" with the text including: "...that at the last election for members of our city council, two gentlemen of the Jewish persuasion were chosen by the suffrages of a large part of the citizens...Messrs. S. ... See More  

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667081

First Jews elected in Maryland...

Item #667081

October 14, 1826

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 14, 1826  One of the reports within has a small head: "The Jews" with the text including: "...that at the last election for members of our city council, two gentlemen of the Jewish persuasion were chosen by the suffrages of a large part of the citizens...Messrs. S. Etting and J. L. Cohen...They are he first Jews ever elected by the people to... See More  

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673726

Short-lived campaign newspaper to elect Andrew Jackson...

Item #673726

June 21, 1828

UNITED STATES' TELEGRAPH--EXTRA, Washington, June 21, 1828 



* Rare campaign periodical

* Andrew Jackson




This was a campaign journal "...devoted exclusively to the Presidential election..." as stated in the masthead. It was published by Duff Green, who had come to Washington to establish a newspaper to promote the candidacy of Andrew Jackson. Mott says, "Green proved ... See More  

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644853

Short-lived campaign newspaper to elect Andrew Jackson...

Item #644853

July 26, 1828

UNITED STATES' TELEGRAPH--EXTRA, Washington, July 26, 1828  This was a campaign journal "...devoted exclusively to the Presidential election..." as stated in the masthead. It was published by Duff Green, who had come to Washington to establish a newspaper to promote the candidacy of Andrew Jackson. Mott says, "Green proved to be of the hard-hitting politician type of editor... See More  

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644278

Election of Andrew Jackson... Cherokee Indians & land troubles...

Item #644278

November 22, 1828

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 22, 1828  One of the front page reports has a small head: "The Election" which begins: "The most anxious & ardent, as well as the most rude & ruthless political contest that ever took place in the United States, is now decided in the election of a large majority of electors pledged to the support of gen. Andrew Jackson for the... See More  

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673065

Inauguration & inaugural address of Andrew Jackson...

Item #673065

March 07, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 7, 1829  An inside page has a nice article headed: "The Inauguration" which begins with details of the proceedings including: "...in the presence of an immense concourse of spectators, filling the portico, the steps...the president of the United States delivered his inaugural address as given below, and having concluded it, the oath ... See More  

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680468

Last signer of the Declaration of Independence dies... Jackson re-elected...

Item #680468

November 17, 1832

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 17, 1832



* Andrew Jackson re-elected President

* Death of Charles Carroll : signer of the Declaration of Independence




The front page has a lengthy editorial which begins:

"The presidential election has so far proceeded as to render the result certain, that "Andrew Jackson of Tennessee" will be re-elected president, and 'Martin ... See More  

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668142

Andy Jackson is elected President, in a Washington, D.C., newspaper...

Item #668142

February 14, 1833

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 1833 



* President Andrew Jackson election



Page 3 has a notable report on the results of the: "Presidential Election" noting in part: "The hour of one having arrived,  the Senate  attended...the President of the senate...proceed to open the votes of the electors in the several states for President and Vice Presid... See More  

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570754

Election returns... Runaway ad...

Item #570754

November 22, 1836

HANOVER HERALD, Hanover, Pennsylvania, November 22, 1836. Page 3 features the Official Returns for President and Vice President for Pennsylvania along with the Electoral Election results.  The front page of the issue contains a $25.00 Reward for a runaway apprentice. This contains other news and advertisements of the day. This is complete in four pages with scattered lite foxing, otherwise in... See More  

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649931

Martin Van Buren is elected President of the United States...

Item #649931

February 11, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 11, 1837  Near the back is a report from Congress which includes, in part, a report of the formal election of Martin Van Buren as President, evidenced by a chart of the electoral vote by state.

The text reads in part: "...the return of electoral votes from each state was opened, read & recorded...After the counting of the votes was complet... See More  

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671429

William H. Harrison is elected President...

Item #671429

November 14, 1840

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 14, 1840  Page 2 has a report headed: "Presidential Election" which begins: "Sufficient returns are received to place the result beyond all question. It is now certain that William Henry Harrison will be elected president, and John Tyler, vice president of the United States..." with more, including a state-by-state chart of the... See More  

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644898

William Henry Harrison wins the presidential election...

Item #644898

February 19, 1841

NEW-HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT AND STATE GAZETTE, Concord, Feb. 19, 1841 



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential election victory




Page 3 has: "Presidential Vote" which is the official chart of the electoral votes certified by the tellers and announced by the Vice President to the Congress. It shows 234 votes for Harrison and 60 for Van Buren. Also a detailed report: "Arrival Of ... See More  

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666634

Detailed plans for Harrison's inaugural...

Item #666634

March 03, 1841

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 3, 1841 





* President William Henry Harrison

* Eve of his inauguration - inaugural

* From the city where it happened - rare




A terrific newspaper for the content found on page 3, which has considerable detail on the plans for the inauguration of William Henry Harrison which happened on the following day.

The first 1 1/2 columns ar... See More  

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653316

Detailed plans for Harrison's inaugural...

Item #653316

March 04, 1841

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1841 



* President William Henry Harrison

* Day of his inauguration - inaugural

* From the city where it happened - rare




A terrific newspaper for the content found on page 3, which has considerable detail on the plans for the inauguration of William Henry Harrison which happened on the day this newspaper was printed.

The first c... See More  

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652882

Perhaps the best newspaper to be had for Harrison's inauguration...

Item #652882

March 05, 1841

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 5, 1841 



* President William Henry Harrison inauguration

* Inaugural address - best title to be had (rare)




Perhaps the best newspaper to be had on the inauguration of William Henry Harrison as the nation's ninth President, this being the premier newspaper from the nation's capital. 

Most of page 2 is taken up with: &qu... See More  

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583417

The tragedies of dividing slave families...Zachary Taylor elected president...

Item #583417

November 15, 1848

NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, November 15, 1848 Page three contains an article entitled "The Slave Trade" which deals with the tragedies which occur when families foresee that they may possible be separated. This includes inducing their own bodily harm and even their to the point of their own death instead of being separated. "That was a most merciful attempt that was made in the la... See More  

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596980

Discussion Taylor's inaugural address...

Item #596980

March 10, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1849 



* President Zachary Taylor

* John Bell Hood at West Point




The first column of the front page has the reviews of six newspapers on "The Inaugural Address" of President Taylor, with many diverse comments (see photos). Also on the ftpg. is a lengthy: "List of Cadet Appointments for 1849" listed by state, and inc... See More  

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598609

Discussion Taylor's inaugural address...

Item #598609

March 10, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1849 



* President Zachary Taylor

* John Bell Hood




The first column of the front page has the reviews of six newspapers on "The Inaugural Address" of President Taylor, with many diverse comments (see). Also on the ftpg. is a lengthy: "List of Cadet Appointments for 1849" listed by state, and includes "John Hood... See More  

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598610

Discussion Taylor's inaugural address...

Item #598610

March 10, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1849  The first column of the front page has the reviews of six newspapers on "The Inaugural Address" of President Taylor, with many diverse comments (see). Also on the ftpg. is a lengthy: "List of Cadet Appointments for 1849" listed by state, and includes "John Hood" from Kentucky, who would become a famous Con... See More  

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595664

On Taylor's inauguration...

Item #595664

March 16, 1849

HANOVER SPECTATOR, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1849 



* Zachary Taylor 

* Henry Clay
 



The front page has 2 columns of: "Important Letter from Mr. Clay" dated at New Orleans & carrying over to pg. 2 where it is signed: H. Clay. Also: "The Inauguration Balls" for President Zachary Taylor (see photos).

Four pages, never bound, small wear holes near center are... See More  

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666653

Plans for Buchanan's inauguration...

Item #666653

February 04, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 1857  Page 3 has much detail on planks for the inaugural ceremonies of James Buchanan, who would be inaugurated on March 4.

The report is headed: "the Inaugurations of the President Elect" and the details take over a full column.

Four pages, good condition. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

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651997

Inauguration & inaugural ceremonies of President Buchanan, in a Washington newspaper...

Item #651997

March 05, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 5, 1857 



* President James Buchanan

* Inauguration - inaugural address

* Best title to be had (rare as such)




A terrific issue in which to find the inauguration and inaugural address of President James Buchanan. Almost the entirety of the first two columns on page 3 are taken up with the: "Inaugural Address". If is preface... See More  

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644887

Buchanan's inaugural address...

Item #644887

March 11, 1857

THE EVANSVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, Indiana, March 11, 1857



* President James Buchanan

* Inauguration - inaugural address




Page 3 has the "Inaugural Address" which takes 1 1/3 columns in which he reflects on the events of the year. It is signed in type at its conclusion: James Buchanan. Page 2 has an article concerning it titled: "The Inaugural".

Four pages, minor loss to blan... See More  

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172030

Inauguration of President Buchanan... Dred Scott Decision...

Item #172030

March 14, 1857

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 14, 1857  A vol. 1 issue. Inside has 8 illustrations regarding 'Our 18th Inauguration Day', including an illustration of George Washington, Mount Vernon, & James Buchanan & John Adams. But the prime content here is the text of the Dred Scott decision given by Chief Justice Taney. Very significant.

Also featured is an article on A Nutmeg Pl... See More  

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172362

Print of a beardless Abraham Lincoln, pre-election...

Item #172362

May 12, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 12, 1860  The front page has a print of: "The Republican Wigwam At Chicago, Illinois, In Which the Republican Convention Will Be Held, May 16, 1860".  This was the event at which Abraham Lincoln would go from near obscurity to a position of prominence in American history.

The doublepage centerfold is a terrific print captioned: "Prominen... See More  

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172416

Election of Abraham Lincoln as President...

Item #172416

November 17, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, November 17, 1860  The full front page shows: 'Gen. Guiseppe Garibaldi" who was considered the George Washington of Italy, the person most responsible for uniting the country. There is also a page two article on him.

Other prints include a nice full pg. of: "Fort Moultrie (Sullivan's Island), Charleston, South Carolina in the Distance", a... See More  

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650809

Carson City... Virginia City... Jamaica... Presidential election reporting (Lincoln)...

Item #650809
HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York, January, 1861 Featured in this issue is an article "A Peep at Washoe" which includes coverage on silver mining, Carson City, Virginia City and much more.

Other articles include "Cast-away in Jamaica" and other additional stories and illustrations included.

Near the back under "Monthly Record of Current Events" is a report... See More  

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646028

Confederates states elected their President & Vice President... Their Constitutional Convention...

Item #646028

February 10, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 10, 1861 



* Jefferson Davis elected Confederate president

* Constitutional Convention of the Confederacy

* Pre Civil War tensions brewing




A wealth of significant content on the creation of the Confederacy, with front page column heads including: "Important From the South" "The Southern Congress at Montgomery, Alabama" "Adoption of A Const... See More  

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674336

President-Elect Lincoln enroute... Departs from Springfield...

Item #674336

February 12, 1861

NEW YORK TIMES, February 12, 1861  The front page has the following one column headlines: "THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION" "Mr. Lincoln's Departure From Springfield" "Parting Address To His Fellow-Townsmen" "THE NATIONAL TROUBLES" "Important Speech by the President Elect" "Departure Of The Secession Troops" and more.

Much text conc... See More  

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675346

Lincoln heads to Washington... Jefferson Davis' inaugural address...

Item #675346

February 19, 1861

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Feb. 19, 1861  Page 5 has column heads with continued & detailed coverage of Lincoln's trip from his home to the nation's capital: "The President Elect En Route" "The Receptions In This State" "Enthusiasm Of The People" "His Arrival In Albany" "Immense Turnout" "The Speeches" "The Reception In this ... See More  

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680341

President-elect enroute for his inauguration...

Item #680341

February 22, 1861

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 22, 1861



* President-Elect Abraham Lincoln heads to Washington D.C.



The front page has the following one column headings: "THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION" "Progress of the President Elect Towards Washington" "His Departure From New York" "Popular Ovation at Jersey City and Speeches of Mr. Lincoln" "The President-Elect nea... See More  

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651886

Assassination attempt on Lincoln? Inauguration of Jefferson Davis...

Item #651886

February 23, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, February 23, 1861 



* President elect Abraham Lincoln

* Baltimore murder plot

* Jefferson Davis inauguration




Perhaps the most significant content is on page 5 which has very extensive coverage of the travels of Abraham Lincoln to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. The top of the page has heads: "The Presidential Progress" "Great Turnout of the Philad... See More  

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596826

Early attempt to assassinate President-Elect Abe Lincoln...

Item #596826

February 27, 1861

THE NEW YORK HERALD, February 27, 1861 



* Lincoln's new administration 



The front page reports the ominous events that would lead to the outbreak of the Civil War in less than two months. Also content on the incoming administration of Abraham Lincoln with first column headlines including: "The Finale of the Peace Conference", "Movements of Mr. Lincoln", &quo... See More  

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172446

President-Elect Abraham Lincoln's address from the Astor House balcony...

Item #172446

March 02, 1861

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 2, 1861  The full front page is a very nice illustration captioned: "Abraham Lincoln, The President Elect, Addressing The People From the Astor House Balcony". Inside has a full page with 3 scenes: "Fort Moultrie, As Seen From Fort Sumter" "Morris Island, As Seen From Fort Sumter" and "Fort Johnson, As Seen From Fort Sumt... See More  

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670348

Much on Lincoln, his new administration, his inauguration, etc...

Item #670348

March 06, 1861

NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, March 6, 1861



* Abraham Lincoln inauguration

* New administration takes over

* Pre-Civil War tensions escalate




A wealth of fine content on Lincoln & his new administration, as his inaugural was reported in the previous day's edition.

Inside has a lengthy editorial headed: "Mr. Lincoln's Address", a report from Washington beginning: "The ... See More  

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