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June 20, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 20, 1848 

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career

This newspaper contains on page 2 & 3 reports from the "House of Representatives" and includes the results of votes concerning the "Memorial of Chicago Convention". Within the "Yeas" lists on the vote is "Lincoln", this being Abraham Lincoln when he was serving just two years as a Representative from Illinois. This is followed by another vote on "Duties On Luxuries" and again under the "Yeas" vote is "Lincoln" once more (see photos).
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!
Complete in 4 pages, light damp stain in an upper corner, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War