Campaigning

Lincoln’s first taste of electoral success came when his militia company chose him as captain during the Black Hawk War of 1832. That same summer he failed to win election to the Illinois legislature, but he later won four successive races from 1834 to 1840. In this issue of The Old Soldier, a Harrison campaign newspaper, Lincoln is listed among five candidates for presidential elector. He remained a loyal Whig after he left political office to practice law privately in Springfield.