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Item # 693455

July 29, 1848

THE UNION, Washington, D.C., July 29, 1848 

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career

This newspaper contains on pages 2 and 3  reports from the "House of Representatives" and includes the results of votes concerning establishing territorial governments in Oregon. Within the "Yea" list is "Lincoln", this being Abraham Lincoln when he was serving just two years as a Representative from Illinois.
Additionally, there is a lengthy list of members of the House--listed by state in chart-like fashion--concerning a vote on a compromise vote, with "Abraham Lincoln" listed under "Illinois".
There is also a letter datelined from the "Hermitage" signed in type: Andrew Jackson.
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.
Complete in 4 pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War