Abraham Lincoln Poll Book: Lincoln Vs. McClellan
An 1864 Indiana presidential poll book and tally paper calculating the votes between candidates Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. The 5pp poll book includes a printed list of all the candidates as well as the hand-written number of votes. One page includes a partially printed statement signed by the local election "inspector," judges and clerks, certifying the number of votes cast for the candidates. The light blue tally page is signed by the same leaders with identical slates and hash marks as the poll book. Lincoln wins 208 votes to McClellan's 63 votes.
Arguably one of the most crucial elections in the history of the United States, the 1864 presidential race pitted a seasoned Lincoln against his troublesome former general, George McClellan. Lincoln dismissed McClellan as General-in-Chief based on a litany of poor decisions and embarrassing losses. Infuriated, McClellan lashed out against Lincoln and ran against him for president. McClellan ran on an anti-war platform, promising that he would negotiate peace terms with the Confederacy to help end the war as soon as possible. Lincoln ran on a pro-war format, predicting a quick end to the war with a Union victory. For the first time in history, soldiers in the field were allowed to vote for candidates. McClellan was a beloved general, but the soldiers' love did not match the loyalty they felt to their commander in chief. At the time of the election a string of timely Union victories convinced many that the war was in its final phase, causing many to cast their votes for Lincoln instead of McClellan. Lincoln heartily won the election.
Good minimal toning on the pages but the link is partially faded on the poll book.