Lincoln’s Election, Southern Secession: 1860 to April 1861


Where did Lincoln go after the Cooper Union speech?

He had already planned on a trip to Massachusetts to visit his eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (1843–1926), who was studying at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. The success of the Cooper Union speech broadened his possibilities, however, and before long Lincoln agreed to deliver eleven other speeches. All were given in New England, and all were well received.

The chair in which Lincoln sat and gave his Cooper Union speech is preserved at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.


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