NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM Adopted by the National Republican Convention, Held in Chicago, May 17, 1860. Judge William - Committee Chair. Lincoln Jessup, Abraham - Selected Candidate, 1809 - 1865.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM Adopted by the National Republican Convention, Held in Chicago, May 17, 1860.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM Adopted by the National Republican Convention, Held in Chicago, May 17, 1860.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM Adopted by the National Republican Convention, Held in Chicago, May 17, 1860.

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM Adopted by the National Republican Convention, Held in Chicago, May 17, 1860.

Chicago: Press & Tribune Office, [1860]. Reproduction, ca 1955. Broadside. Patriotically themed wood engraving in masthead. 13-15/16" x 8-15/16" [35.5 cm x 22.8 cm]. Mounted on stiff card stock. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning. 1 cm discoloration spots in margin corners [glue?]. Small paper snag to top edge of upper margin. A Very Good copy. Item #47254

The 1860 Republican National Convention met in Chicago, Illinois from May 16 to May 18. The convention selected former Congressman Abraham Lincoln of Illinois for president and Senator Hannibal Hamlin of Maine for vice president.

The platform of 17 declaration of principles was drafted by the Platform Committee chaired by Judge William Jessup of Pennsylvania, the entirety of which was adopted by the convention members verbatim save for the insertion, in the Second clause, of famous language from the Declaration of Independence that "All men are created equal; and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights..."

Regarding the platform, 10 clauses dealt directly with the issues of free soil principles, slavery, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the preservation of the Union, while the remaining 7 dealing with other issues.

Clauses 12 through 16 of the platform called for a protective tariff, enactment of the Homestead Act, freedom of immigration into the United States and full rights to all immigrant citizens, internal improvements, and the construction of a Pacific railroad.

In addition to the preservation of the Union, all five of these additional promises were enacted by the Thirty-seventh Congress and implemented by Abraham Lincoln or the presidents who immediately succeeded him. [Wiki].

In a presumed later printing of the platform, we find added, after the 17th declaration, a Supplementary Resolution [not present on our copy, but present on one held by the Clements], wherein the Committee expresses its sympathies "with those men who have been driven ... and are now exiled from their homes on account of their opinions; and we hold the Democratic Party responsible for this gross violation of that clause of the Constitution which declares that the citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States."
 
The original is quite rare, known in but a few copies.  The one here offered was apparently reproduced in the mid-20th C, as it is accompanied by a 1955 letter from the LoC to a Mr Chester Arthur of Oakland, acknowledging receipt of a "copy of the recently published reprint of the original broadside containing the Republican Platform of 1860 which is in your possession.”
 
Even in this mid-20th C. reproduction, this platform a rare & important document. in which it guides, and outlines, the philosophy ["all men are created equal"], policies ["True to the Union"] & direction ["Slavery ... is a dangerous political heresy"] for the United States, as well as its future president, Abraham Lincoln, at the beginning of one of the nation's most turbulent times.

Price: $250.00