This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln Is Elected President

November 6, 1860. Receiving only 40% of the popular vote, President Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates to become the first Republican President. A month after the Kentucky-born lawyer was sworn in on March 4, 1961, the U.S. Civil War began with the Battle of Fort Sumter. The announcement of Lincoln’s victory signaled the secession of the Southern states.

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