1. It was not a "Northern assembled Legislature in Wheeling." It was a legislature that was assembled by the people of western Virginia.I'm new and trying to catch up on this conversation, as I read it has covered several angles to the same problem. I will have to dig up some old documents that I have copy of for future display. From a local point of view and one that is strongly felt by many people in WV.
The procedure of being approved by the state Legislature and then approved by congress is not the biggest point of disagreement here. The problem is that in Wheeling the temporary or make shift Legislature communicated with Washington before the vote, that 37 of the southern counties (A Majority) were confederate and were refusing to recognize the Northern assembled Legislature in Wheeling. The 37 counties failed to send representatives to the convention. Washington instructed Wheeling to appoint temporary representatives. We can only guess that they picked reps. with the same goal as them. The communications were discovered right after the war. it is felt that SCOTUS upheld the rulings of the states as a path to re-unite the country and move on. The people in southern WV felt Lincoln would have done anything to protect the Rail Roads as he was totaly controlled by them. (follow the Money)
2. Lincoln was not totally controlled by the railroads. In his legal career he had been an attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad, but he had also represented railroad opponents.