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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...

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February 21, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Feb. 21, 1849  

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career
* Addresses United States Congress

Page 3 has much reporting from the "House of Representatives" which includes mention of when Abraham Lincoln spoke on the floor. The report notes: "Mr. Lincoln, by unanimous consent, presented joint resolutions of the Legislature of the state of Illinois, asking a grant of land to aid in the construction of certain railroads...".
This was Abraham Lincoln when he was serving just two years as a Representative from Illinois. 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 rather inconspicuous--from long before he would become a national figure. He was just 40 years old at the time.
The back page has an interesting report: "A Female Mission To California" concerning: "...a project of taking with her a company principally composed of female passengers...believing that the presence of women would be one of the surest checks upon many of the evils that are apprehended there...". Also a very brief note: "From Santa Fe" which announces that: "Kit Carson arrived at Santa Fe on the 1st November, on his way to California."
Four pages, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War