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(ABRAHAM LINCOLN)Polling document from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois campaign for Henry Clay, consisting of the Waynesville County, IL. "Poll Book for Presidential Election, November 4, 1844", one continuous joined document running approx. 15" x 6', held for the purpose of electing one President and Vice President of the United States, with a statement of certification by the judges of the election on the verso. Lincoln's name is among those listed as campaigning for Whig candidate Henry Clay, with nine campaigning for Democratic candidate James K. Polk and four names listed for Treasurer. Clay was opposed to admitting Texas as a state because he felt it would reawaken the slavery issue and provoke Mexico to declare war. Polk took the opposite view and public sentiment was with him, especially in the southern states. He narrowly won the election. In his early involvement in Illinois politics and as a fellow Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln was a great admirer of Clay. During the previous month, Lincoln made political speeches in Vincennes, Washington, Rockport, Carter Township, Boonville and Evansville. According to the Rockport Herald of November 1, 1844, "Mr. Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois, addressed a large and respectable audience at the court house...upon Whig policy...He handled the subject in a manner that done honor to himself and the Whig cause...His speech was plain, argumentative and of an hour's duration...". Despite the fact that Henry Clay carried Spencer County by 90 votes, the State of Indiana went for James Polk in the election. Worn at folds with trivial paper loss not affecting anything. Very good.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000

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