Lincoln Runs for Congress

Lincoln successfully ran for Congress in August 1846. He served one term, from December 1847 until March 1849. Like other Whigs, Lincoln opposed the Mexican War launched by President James K. Polk as unnecessary and unconstitutional, but he voted to supply American troops with necessary arms. Lincoln’s demand that Polk prove the United States owned the exact spot where the war started earned him the nickname “Spotty Lincoln.”