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Republican Banner for 1860

Republican Banner for 1860
Currier & Ives Lithography Company, active 1857 - 1907
Copy after
Cole Brothers
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Hannibal Hamlin, 27 Aug 1809 - 4 Jul 1891
Hand-colored lithograph on paper
Image: 30.6 x 23.6 cm (12 1/16 x 9 5/16")
Sheet: 35.6 x 25.4 cm (14 x 10")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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The Republican Party Banner for 1860
In the 1860 presidential election, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine was nominated to run alongside Abraham Lincoln as the Republican Party's candidate for vice president. Ironically, in comparison to Lincoln's meager two-year experience as a U.S. congressman, Hamlin had served two terms in the House of Representatives and had been elected three times to the U.S. Senate. A staunch advocate of rights for black Americans, Hamlin proved to be a supportive vice president. In reality, however, he played no active role in the day-to-day business of the White House; at that time, executive protocol did not even include the vice president at routine cabinet meetings. Hamlin was content not to have been chosen to serve a second term, and he later described the vice presidency as a "nullity."
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