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House of Representatives in August 1846. The Thirtieth Congress convened in December 1847. During his time in office, Lincoln was disturbed by the presence of slaves in the District of Columbia. C. He also introduced a law that would free enslaved children born after 1850, with a goal of gradually eliminating slavery. None of his efforts were successful. At the end of his term, Lincoln left Congress without having accomplished much. He was disappointed. The experience of governing had not been what he had expected it to be.
Lincoln’s political career. 2 The speech was so exciting and moving to the crowd that it was printed in all the local papers and pamphlets. Lincoln was thrust into the national spotlight as a possibility for the Republican nomination for president, or at least for vice president. After Cooper • 49 • Essential Lives Union, he went on to give nine more speeches in the Northeast. The 1860 Republican national convention took place in March in Chicago, Illinois. Lincoln and the other candidates did not attend, but their supporters turned out in full force.
He did not give up on the local politics that had brought him such success. However, he also recognized that his strong anti-slavery position in the debates had brought him some national attention. He had transcripts of the debates published so that they could be read more widely. Lincoln continued to practice law and speak out against slavery. He knew the nation was in turmoil over • 45 • Essential Lives —Abraham Lincoln • 46 • ∫ “This declared indifference … for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate.
Abraham Lincoln. 16th U.S. President by Kekla Magoon