Hannibal Hamlin, Mathew B. Brady & Co., c. 1862

The Vice President

A strong opponent of slavery and founding member of the Republican Party, Hannibal Hamlin served as Lincoln’s first vice president from 1861 to 1865. He had formerly served as governor of Maine as well as a U.S. congressman and senator. During the war, Hamlin thought Lincoln moved too slowly against slavery. He remained faithful to the president but apparently played no role in the deliberations of the administration.