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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2020 10:43 p.m. PST

"What if Abraham Lincoln decided not to run for the Presidency in 1860? I think a ticket of Senator William Seward and Governor Salmon P Chase would have been nominated by the Republican Party in Chicago. I believe the Civil War wouldn't have happened and the issue of Slavery would have been kicked like a can down the road to be dealt with at another time…."
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donlowry16 Feb 2020 10:16 a.m. PST


The election of any Republican -- not just Lincoln -- would had led to secession, war, etc.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 3:11 p.m. PST



Bill N16 Feb 2020 3:25 p.m. PST

Lincoln was generally billed as the more moderate Republican compared to either Seward or Chase. Any of those three would mean secession. A Bates election might have avoided it. Not sure about Cameron.

Once southern states started seceeding Seward might have been able to avoid war. The cost would have been a separate nation of deep south states. I am betting Chase would have initiated the war. Lincoln's strategy caused the Confederacy to initiate it which probably was the best course.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 11:07 a.m. PST



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