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Launching Abraham Lincoln's Campaign for the Presidency

How West Chester produced Abraham Lincoln's first biography that helped send him to the White House

by Malcolm Johnstone

Abraham Lincoln"Among the distinguished men who, by their patriotism and eloquence, have assisted to create and sustain the party of constitutional freedom which now predominates in most of the free States, there is no one who has a firmer hold on the confidence and affections of the people of the Great West, or is more an object of their enthusiastic admiration, than Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois." -- The opening sentence of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, published February 11, 1860, on the front page of the Chester County Times, a Republican newspaper that operated in what is now known as the Lincoln Building at 28 West Market Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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On February 11, 2020, a new book will be released about the extraordinary story leading up to the first biography of Abraham Lincoln. It is called For the Union: how Quaker abolition, a hanging, a slave riot, and a small newspaper in West Chester helped launch Abraham Lincoln's quest for the Presidency.

Included is the autobiography and first biography of Abraham Lincoln.

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