Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
Lincoln-Hamlin Campaign Banner
A portrait of a clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln is surrounded by stars on this cloth campaign banner touting the 1860 Republican Party presidential nominee and his vice-presidential running mate, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine. Curiously, Lincoln's first name appears here only as "Abram," perhaps an alteration made by the printer to accommodate the flag design.
On May 16, 1860, on the third ballot, Lincoln was nominated at the Republican Party's convention to run for U.S. president. Lincoln won the election and became the sixteenth president of the United States; his election, however, led directly to South Carolina's secession and the American Civil War.