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    The actual tally sheet recording the votes cast for Abraham Lincoln in DeWitt County, Illinois, November 8, 1864, including election results tabulating the defeat of John T. Stuart, Lincoln's law partner

    [Abraham Lincoln] Election of 1864 Vote Tally Sheet Partly Printed Document, filled out in manuscript, one page, 27.5" x 16.5". [DeWitt County], Illinois. Not signed. Originally folded to approximately 3.5" x 8.25" for filing, noted "Tally List/Election Nov 1864" on verso, with tears and holes at the mid-horizontal fold (partial separation) and at the upper and right edges. A 4" x ½" portion has been cut away from the top center. Printed across the top (not filled in): "Of an Election held at the ___ in ___ County of ___ and State of Illinois, on the 8th day of November, 1864." Results from individual townships of DeWitt County are listed: Santa Anna, Rutledge, Wilson, Wapella, Waynesville, Barnett, Clintonia, Harp, DeWitt, Nixon, Creek, Texas, and Turnbridge. "Shelby M. Cullom" and "John T. Stewart" [sic, Stuart] are listed as the candidates for "Representative in Congress/8th District" with Cullom, a Republican and Lincoln supporter, defeating Democrat John Todd Stuart, Lincoln's law partner and Mary Todd Lincoln's cousin, 1271-1070. After the election, 35-year-old Congressman-elect Cullom went to see the President in the White House, accidentally interrupting a cabinet meeting. Cullom later recalled, "I colored to the roots of my hair, begged pardon for the intrusion and started to go out. President Lincoln arose from his chair at the head of the table and called me by name. He came over to me, got hold of my hand and pulled me into the group of cabinet members. As he did so he said to the secretary of state, 'Seward, I want you to know this boy. You remember the old congressman from Springfield named Stewart [sic]? I want to introduce to you the boy who beat him. This is the boy.' He thereupon presented me to the different secretaries. I shook hands with them and backed my way out just as soon as I could." - from A Reporter's Lincoln by Walter B. Stevens (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1998). Cullom went on to a distinguished career in the House (1865-1871) and the Senate (1883-1913) and as Governor of Illinois (1877-1883). There are candidates for 14 offices, from Sheriff and Coroner to Governor where Major General Richard J. Oglesby defeated James C. Robinson, 1271-1069. Statewide candidates' names are printed; the others are handwritten. The top right is headed: "Names of Persons Voted For, For/District Presidential Electors" and "Names of Persons Voted For, For/Electors at Large." Thirteen names are listed for District and three for At Large Electors for the Union party (Republican) nominee, President Abraham Lincoln, and thirteen and three for the Democratic nominee, General George B. McClellan; neither the political party nor the presidential candidates are mentioned by name on this tally sheet. The Union slate defeated the Democrats, 1271-1069. In the November 8, 1864 presidential election, Lincoln defeated McClellan 189,512-158,724 in Illinois, winning his state's 16 electoral votes. Nationally, Lincoln was reelected with 2.2 million votes to 1.8 million, 22-3 states, 212-21 electoral votes. A remarkable working document recording the votes cast for Abraham Lincoln in Illinois. Numerical notations are penciled in the lower portion with the actual vote totals recorded in ink. An historic and desirable, unique piece of Lincolniana.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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