“Can It Happen Again? How the Republican Nomination Was Stolen for Lincoln in 1860” Discussion to be at Public Library
May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM
MOUNT VERNON - The most consequential political party convention in American history
was the one the Republicans held in Chicago in May 1860 which resulted
in the brokered and therefore surprise nomination of a dark horse
candidate -- Abraham Lincoln.
Exactly 156 years after the
nomination, author Peter Dickson will present a timely discussion, “Can
It Happen Again? How the Republican Nomination Was Stolen for Lincoln in
1860,” on Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.
Two men played pivotal roles in stealing that nomination away from the
more famous New York Senator William Seward--David Davis (Kenyon College
Class 1832) and Columbus Delano (famous Mount Vernon lawyer and Kenyon
Trustee). Lincoln scholars do not like to admit that a Christ-like
martyr for a great cause, such as Lincoln, could have had a Kingmaker.
However, Dickson, author of “Lincoln, His Kingmaker Davis and the
"Stolen" Republican Nomination of 1860,” will present documentation that
exposes the truth about Lincoln's deepest fears during the convention
and Davis' insider-dealing and other "dirty tricks” despite Lincoln's
instructions to refrain from such. He will also show copies of eight
telegrams sent to Lincoln insisting that he stay at his Springfield home
and keep his mouth shut until Davis could tell him the price they paid
to get that nomination.
The program is free and open to the
public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the main
library at 740-392-(BOOK) 2665 Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (lpm)
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