Abraham Lincoln Elected As President:
Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of the U.S. over a divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40% of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union John Bell, and Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas.
In the November 1860 election, Lincoln again faced Douglas, who represented the Northern faction of a heavily divided Democratic party, as well as Breckinridge and Bell. The announcement of Lincoln's victory signaled the secession of the Southern States, which since the beginning of the year had been publicly threatening if the Republicans gained the White House.
By the time of Lincoln's inauguration on 04 Mar 1861, seven states had seceded and the confederate states of America had been formally established, with Jefferson Davis as its elected president. One month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on the Union-held Fort Sumter in South Caroline.
In April 1865, Abraham was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. The attack came only five days after the American Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.
Down below are some of the pictures I took of Abraham Lincoln's Home and grave in Springfield, Illinois. And of Ford Theatre in Washington D.C. Click on images down below to enlarge.
My name is Ellen Rutila. Have been doing Ancestry research since 2009, and been doing it ever since. I'm also a violinist, jewelry maker and Graphic Designer.