Lincoln and Virginia


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Oct 10, 2012
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In 1778 Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln, was born in Linville Creek, Virginia. Three years earlier, Daniel Boone led his first group of pioneers from Virginia into Kentucky. Two years later, grandfather Abraham Lincoln, son Thomas Lincoln, and the rest of the Lincoln family followed Boone and other pioneers across the Appalachians. Years earlier, the Lincoln and Boone families had attended the same Quaker meeting house in Pennsylvania until the Boones were expelled. Grandson Abraham Lincoln would be born in Kentucky.
In the 1860 presidential campaign, the Lincolns’ Virginia roots provided no home state advantage for grandson Abraham Lincoln, but Virginia did help him win the Republican nomination for president in Chicago in mid-May. Historian William C. Harris wrote: “In one of the many ironies associated with the Civil War era, a southern delegation – Virginia’s – played a key role in the balloting on the first roll call. [William H.] Seward’s manager had expected ‘the rotten borough’ delegations from the South to vote overwhelmingly for the senator in exchange for promises of federal patronage in their states. Probably sensing that the New York senator could not win the fall election and fulfill the promises, Virginia’s delegation, which included members from what later became the state of West Virginia, surprised the convention when it cast fourteen of is twenty-three votes for Lincoln.”1


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