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Abraham Lincoln

Presidency

Who was Lincoln’s vice president for his first term?

Hannibal Hamlin, a Maine lawyer and politician, was Lincoln’s vice president during his first term. Hamlin entered politics as a Democrat, but switched his allegiance to the Republican Party because of the slavery issue. He was a staunch abolitionist. Some opponents even suggested that Hamlin was part black. Lincoln dropped Hamlin in favor of Andrew Johnson as his vice president running mate for the election of 1864.



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