Election Poster, 1864

This 1864 election poster shows portraits of the candidates for president and vice president, their parties’ platforms, and the candidates’ letters accepting their parties’ nominations.
Lincoln had good reason to doubt his chances for reelection. No president since Andrew Jackson in 1832 had won a second term.
The Democratic Party nominated Gen. George McClellan, whom Lincoln had removed from command. McClellan ran on an anti-Lincoln and anti-Emancipation Proclamation platform and left open the possibility of a negotiated peace with the South.
As the election approached, Union triumphs on the battlefield helped propel Lincoln to victory. He declared the election results a mandate to press on for an unconditional victory and a constitutional amendment to end slavery.
Gift of Ralph E. Becker, 1974
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
associated date
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
McClellan, George B.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white; pink; blue with black type (overall color)
overall: 38 1/4 in x 28 1/2 in; 97.155 cm x 72.39 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Political Campaigns
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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