Electing our President - 1860
The Election of Abraham Lincoln
Every four years our country experiences a very unique activity...the electing of our President for the subsequent four years. Viewing this activity each time may cause us to feel that we're re-inventing the process each time, but in essence the way we elect our leader has changed little over the years. He is elected to be the President for all of us by the majority of those people voting. And just as we may agree or disagree with decisions made by this leader, we still respect him as our elected president...and wait four years to make a change, if we view a change being needed..
One of the unique resources available to us here at Durand High School through our combined high school and community library are local newspapers going all the way back to the age of Lincoln...the 1860's. Following are some excerpts from the Pepin County Press from the year 1860 having to do with the electing of the president...in this case, Abraham Lincoln. Is the newspaper partial to one candidate over another.... Read the following excerpts and decide for yourself.
Below is an article about a voter named Cyrus Allen from the September 1, 1860 edition of the Pepin County Press, expressing not the opinion of the editor....or does it?
Vote the Jefferson-Clinton Ticket!
Pictured above is an advertisement from a newspaper printed March 7, 1804
promoting the incumbent (Thomas Jefferson) for reelection. Cyrus Allen
who is mentioned below, voted in this election, his 2nd opportunity to vote.
(Note: This was not from Pepin County newspaper)
Pictured below is an ad promoting the election of Abraham Lincoln,
taken from the Pepin County Press from September 1st, 1860.
Vote for Lincoln-Hamlin!
Our venerable friend, Cyrus Allen of this village has voted at every Presidential election since the year 1800, and his mind is still vigorous and active. He cast his first vote for Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Allen knew "little Steve Douglas" when he was only "so high," and knows him too well to vote for him. Mr. Allen informs us that he knew Steve when he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, from whom he ran away at the end of three months. His boss did not like him, because because he was not truthful. Mr. Allen now finds the Jeffersonian principle in Abraham Lincoln, for who HE WILL VOTE, in November next, if he is able to get to the polls.