Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fact of the Day: Lincoln Doubts

During the 1864 presidential election, many prominent Republicans doubted that Abraham Lincoln could win re-election. Even Lincoln himself heavily doubted the potential outcome. Salmon P. Chase was the only major candidate to challenge Lincoln in the party-primary but only on the belief that the President could not win the general election. Lincoln later won the election in a landslide with 212 electoral votes to 21. Despite the challenge, Lincoln nominated Chase for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for which he served for over eight years.  

21 comments:

DWei said...

Huh, I would have done the same.

Ric said...

Good for him!
Nice to know a little about Lincoln today

Bob Bushell said...

That's a landslide!!!!!!

Sammie said...

lincoln: 1,chase 0,5 ;)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Never under estimate the power of the people where votes are concerned.

Pat Hatt said...

A challenge is never bad, even if it proves to be of not

A Beer for the Shower said...

I think he lost because his name was Salmon. "Ladies and gentlemen, President Salmon!" sounds like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Pretty sweet consolation prize.

DeniseinVA said...

A very interesting bit of our history here.

Unknown said...

Interesting fact!

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Dang that's a landslide indeed. Maybe the challenge is what he needed.

Pilar Domínguez said...

I didn´t know this part of the history. Very interesting. Kisses:)

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Theresa Mahoney said...

That was a classy move on Lincoln's part, nominating him for Chief Justice!

DEZMOND said...

I have doubts about all presidents :)

Ann said...

Cool to know this fact. thanks.

Christine said...

Lincoln was a great man.

Emmylou said...

Agree with the comment above. Lincoln was one of America's best presidents for sure.

FilipBlog said...

It is strange how people can under estimate themselves.

Greetings,
Filip

Pat said...

I admire Lincoln for appointing Chase to be his Chief Justice.

Kay said...

I find these historical facts so interesting.