Abraham Lincoln in Chicago, Samuel M. Fassett, October 4, 1859

Eyeing the Presidency

Despite his disappointing loss to Douglas, Lincoln remained active in politics. In 1859, he delivered a series of speeches in Chicago and several midwestern states that prompted others to mention him as a possibility for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860. Lincoln tried to downplay the attention but, as he confessed to his fellow Republican, U. S. Senator Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, “I will be entirely frank. The taste is in my mouth a little.”