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  • The United States Presidential Election of 1860 was the nineteenth quadrennial presidential election to select the President and Vice President of the United States.
  • The election was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1860. In a four-way contest, the Republican Party ticket of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin emerged triumphant. The election of Lincoln served as the primary catalyst of the American Civil War.
  • The United States had become increasingly divided during the 1850s over sectional disagreements, especially regarding the extension of slavery into the territories.
  • The 1860 Republican National Convention nominated Lincoln, a moderate former Congressman from Illinois, as its standard-bearer.
  • Despite minimal support in the South, Lincoln won a plurality of the popular vote and a majority of the electoral vote.
  • The election was the first of six consecutive victories for the Republican Party.
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