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Lincoln was elected to state legislature for a fifth term in 1854. S. Senate. By this time, Lincoln was well known within his community and throughout Illinois. However, a popular vote was not required to win him the Senate seat. At the time, senators were voted into office by their state legislatures. The Illinois State Legislature was dominated by Democrats. Lincoln’s Whig party “Although volume upon volume is written to prove could not get him elected. Though he slavery a very good thing, had many legislators’ votes in his we never hear of the man who wishes to take the favor, they were not enough.

Both he and Todd were so brokenhearted that they eventually resumed their A Presidential Pardon relationship. Lincoln always made time for his sons. He was Abraham an indulgent, affectionate, and wise parent. He made toys for the boys, and let them run around Lincoln and his law office, much to the annoyance of his law Mary Todd wed partner, William H. Herndon. November 4, 1842. Even later, as president, Lincoln paid the boys a great deal of attention. Their energetic play kept The first home White House staff always on alert.

58 • Abraham Lincoln The seceding states had taken hold of most of the forts in the South for Confederate use. Fort Sumter in South Carolina still remained in Union hands, under the command of Major Robert Anderson. Anderson refused to surrender the fort to Confederate forces. The South Carolina government saw this resistance as an act of war. State leaders demanded the release of the fort, but Anderson held fast. Lincoln supported Anderson’s stand, but he could not send additional forces to reinforce the fort’s defense.

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