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

Date Made: 1864Associated Date: November 8, 1864

Depicted (Sitter): Lincoln, AbrahamJohnson, AndrewPendleton, George HuntMcClellan, George B.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityDepicted: United States

General Subject Association: Presidential CandidatesElectionsPolitical CampaignsRelated Event: Presidential Campaign of 1864


See more items in: Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection, Princeton Posters


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Related Publication: Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1864.F07Catalog Number: 227739.1864.F07Accession Number: 274861

Object Name: broadside

Physical Description: paper (overall material)white; pink; blue with black type (overall color)Measurements: overall: 38 1/4 in x 28 1/2 in; 97.155 cm x 72.39 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-522d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_521518

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