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Prominent Candidates for the Republican Presidential Nomination at Chicago

A. E. C.
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Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Edward Bates, 4 Sep 1793 - 25 Mar 1869
William Sandford Pennington, Jr., 1796 - 1862
Salmon Portland Chase, 13 Jan 1808 - 7 May 1873
William Henry Seward, 16 May 1801 - 15 Oct 1872
John McLean, 3 Mar 1785 - 3 Apr 1861
Simon Cameron, 8 Mar 1799 - 25 Jun 1889
John Charles Frémont, 21 Jan 1813 - 13 Jul 1890
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Nathaniel Prentice Banks, 1816 - 1894
Wood engraving on paper
Sheet: 40.2 x 55.2 cm (15 13/16 x 21 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Marvin Sadik
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Exhibition Label
As this wood engraving suggests, Abraham Lincoln was just one of several candidates who were in contention for the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1860. Moreover, at the start of the convention in May, he was not even one of the favorites. Many believed that William Henry Seward, the party's chief spokesman against slavery and a former governor of New York (center picture), stood the best chance, including Seward himself. But Lincoln bested them all. After he was elected president, Lincoln selected four of his rivals pictured here to serve in his cabinet. They included Seward for secretary of state, Edward Bates for attorney general, Salmon P. Chase for secretary of treasury, and Simon Cameron for secretary of war.
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