Proceedings of the Harbor and River Convention, July 5, 1847

Internal Improvements

A few months before taking his seat in Congress, Lincoln attended the Harbor and River Convention in Chicago as a delegate from Sangamon County. The convention, held to “promote the improvement of the lake and river navigation of the West” attracted hundreds of political and business leaders from throughout the country who were upset by President James K. Polk’s recent veto of a bill funding internal improvements.