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Abraham Lincoln was a successful lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, had served in the Illinois State Legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives, but was virtually unknown outside of Illinois. He gained national recognition when he debated slavery with Stephen A. Douglas during an 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Although he ultimately lost the senatorial election, his oratorical skills drew the attention of the newly-formed Republican Party, which nominated him as its first candidate for President in 1860.
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