Abraham Lincoln Poll Book: Lincoln Vs. Douglas
An 1860 Indiana poll book and tally paper for the presidential election of Abraham Lincoln verses Stephan Douglas. The 5pp poll book is composed of lined, bifolium sheets, folded into a portfolio. Each slate lists the thirteen electoral candidates. It gives the total number of votes cast for each slate while others simply number and list the names of the voters. The 1 p, 17 x 21 in. tally paper has the identical four slates printed alongside handwritten hatch marks. The results show Douglas defeating Lincoln 133 votes to 69 votes.
The high-stakes election was a battle between the well-known politician Stephan Douglas and the newly popular Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln captured national attention of Americans with the famous 1858 debates between he and Douglas for one of two senate seats for Illinois. Despite his success in the debates, Lincoln lost to Douglas. The two politically sparred against each other again in 1860 for the highest position in the United States. This time Lincoln was the victor. His nomination, however, sparked the immediate secession of many Southern states. The day after the election Lincoln turned to a crowd of callers and said, "‘Well, boys, your troubles are over now, but mine have just begun.”
Very good, minimal toning of the poll book paper. It is still attached to the binding but is a little fragile. The tally page has issues of soiling on the cover and several ink marks on the inside paper, none of which effect the overall view of the results.