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Four other states of the upper South—Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas— appeared on the verge of seceding, and disunion sentiment was strong in three border slave states — Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 51 “TO SAVE THE UNION” In this artist’s rendering from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Jefferson Davis, who was elected president of the Confederate States of America, addresses the people of Montgomery, Alabama on February 16, 1861. S. presidency.
This arrangement required patience on Lincoln’s part, but as determined as ever to make his mark in the world, Lincoln was willing to wait for what he desired. In the meantime, with his law practice flourishing, Lincoln was becoming one of Springfield’s most prosperous and important citizens. On November 4, 1842, Lincoln, now 33 years old, married Kentucky-born Mary Todd, the genteel and well-educated daughter of a wealthy merchant. Lincoln’s rise had been nothing less than astounding. q 6/19/03 11:07 PM Page 30 ABRAHAM LINCOLN Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd (opposite page) sat for these photographs in 1846, four years after their wedding.
The president paid no attention whatsoever to the freshman congressman from Illinois, but back home Abe’s Democratic rivals gleefully nicknamed him “Spotty” Lincoln. In the wake of this embarrassing episode, Lincoln threw himself into a new cause—the 1848 presidential election. Ironically, the Whig nominee, Zachary Taylor, was a hero of the Mexican–American War, which officially ended in February 1848, when Mexico recognized Texas as part of the United States and relinquished California and New Mexico.
Abraham Lincoln (Great American Presidents) by Louise Chipley Slavicek