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1864 June 18: Presidential Election Politics in 1864

June 22, 2014

The following articles about the 1864 presidential election are from The Prescott Journal of June 18, 1864.

P R E S C O T T    J O U R N A L.

For President,
A B R A H A M   L I N C O L N,
of Illinois.
For Vice President,
A N D R E W   J O H N S O N,
of Tennessee.
John C. Fremont.

The letter of Gen. FREMONT [John C. Fremont], accepting the nomination of the Cleveland Convention, may be found on the inside of this paper.¹  It is the most remarkable document the political campaign has yet called out, and it has surprised all and given no little grief to the great body of Mr. FREMONT’S earliest and truest friends.

Republics, like men, frequently make idols and find them clay.  Mr. FREMONT has been one of the idols of this nation—he has been honored and trusted in by a great party, and he now deserts it with the readiness of one used to perfidy, and maligns its leaders and policy with the venom of disappointed ambition and personal hate.  He has left the ranks of National men, and attached himself to a miserable faction.  He has sacrificed honor, duty, patriotism and self respect to gratify personal ends.  His defection is mourned by the mass of earnest Union men, but there is rejoicing and laughter in the temples of the Copperheads.

Himself, almost utterly defiant of law—despotic to the last degree—during his brief tenure of power in Missouri, crushing through established forms and regardless of personal or public rights as if his own haughty will was supreme, he now a__aigns the Administration for “disregard of Constitutional rights,” not apparently seeing that the blow aimed at Mr. LINCOLN, recoils with double force upon himself, and that he has subscribed to his own shame, and voluntarily placed himself in the pillory of public contempt.

The want of constancy, the imperiousness of will, the personal malice, the ungoverned ambition which Mr. FREMONT has exhibited, must lead reflecting merits fear that had he the reins of power he would not scruple to subvert the Government itself, could he rise to more dazzling eminence on its ruins.

The thousands of Mr. FREMONT’S wa__ and true friends among Union men can but now apply to him the words of the song :

“We have loved, and we have parted,
Thou hast broken every vow.

The People’s Choice.

The Union Convention held at Baltimore last week, re-nominated for the Presidency, ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  For the Vice Presidency, ANDREW JOHNSON, of Tennessee, was the nominee.

The nomination of these candidates was unanimous, and the expression of the Convention a reflection of the sentiment of the People.

Mr. LINCOLN, who has with a steady hand steered the Ship of State thus far through the storm, and who we firmly believe has endeavored to do his whole duty to his Country; and has, so far as in his power, “meted out equal and exact justice to all men,” is worthy of the grateful acknowledgment of the American People in re-nominating him, and is entitled to the vote of all good men at the approaching election.

That Mr. LINCOLN has occasionally erred in teh administration of affairs of the Government, may be true.  But what human hand could manage the affairs of this great Nation without being sometimes at fault ?  With the tremendous responsibility that has rested upon ABRAHAM LINCOLN during the four years of his administration, can we reasonably censure him because in a very few cases, perhaps, he has “done that which he ought not to have done, or left undone that which he ought to have done.”  We think not.

The terrible war was commenced on the occasion of Mr. LINCOLN’S assuming the Presidential cahir.  It has progressed throughout his entire term of office, and __ line of policy has been determined upon for its conclusion which the people have confidence in; and by the wisest men in the land it is deemed imprudent to change that policy now, or until not one vestige of the Rebellion remains.

Therefore, ABRAHAM LINCOLN is the man for the hour.—Hudson Star.

Finger002  The re-nomination of Mr. LINCOLN [Abraham Lincoln] is not only warmly endorsed by the great majority of the loyal presses in the land, but such able and influential papers as the N. Y. Tribune, N. Y. Evening Post and Missouri Democrat, which did not desire his nomination, cheerfully acquiesce in it, and proclaim their determination to work side by side with the great body of their fellow Unionists in the present campaign.  It is too grave a time for Fremont to try to arrest the earnest work of the Nation to redress his real or fancied wrongs.


R. J. Breckinridge Temporary Ch’m.
Ex-Gov. Dennison of Ohio President.


No Compromise with Rebels & Traitors.
Slavery must be Utterly Destroyed.
Eulogy of our Soldiers and Sailors.
Pacific R. R. and Foreign Emigration Favored.
No Foreign Monarchies On American Soil.

Lincoln Nominated on the 1st Ballot.

All the States but one are for Him.

1. Frémont’s letter is lengthy and easily available on the Internet, so we are not posting it here.
2.  The Journal ran a hefty number of headlines, all of them reprinted here, which give the reader an idea of what the Journal’s editor found most important from the National Union Convention. The report itself takes up three full columns, so we are not posting it here.

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