1860 republican Convention

Chicago, IL

May 16 to 18, 1860

Nominated: Abraham Lincoln of Ill for President

Nominated: Hannibal Hamlin of New Jersey for Vice President

Abraham Lincoln was nominated on the third ballot. He defeated Senator Seward of New York. Seward was considered by many to be to radical. The Republican issued a platform that criticized slavery, while making it clear that they would not intervene with slavery in the South. The Republicans also promised to support the building of a transcontinental railroad.