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Senator Lyman Trumbull about 1856

Senator Lyman Trumbull about 1856

Former Whig Congressman Abe Lincoln was a popular choice with voters for U.S. Senator in 1855 but the Senator was then elected only by elected state legislator members of the Illinois General Assembly. To stop a pro-Stephen Douglas Democrat, Lincoln dropped out of the contest and threw his support to a moderate Democrat, Lyman Trumbull, who opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and the expansion of slavery west of the Mississippi River. With Lincoln's support, Trumbull won the election with the votes of a majority of state lawmakers.

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