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Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era

Richard W. Etulain

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: Oregon State University Press


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pp. 1-1

Further Reading, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-6


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

One day after the presidential elections in November 1864 Abraham Lincoln telegraphed the tentative results to his wonderfully opinionated but supportive old friend from Springfield, Dr. Anson G. Henry, in faraway Washington Territory. Lincoln told the political doctor that it looked increasingly likely he had been reelected to a second term. ...

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1. Lincoln Looks Toward Oregon

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pp. 1-20

The unexpected telegram from Washington, D. C., arrived in Springfield, Illinois, in mid-August 1849. Its message was direct and requested a quick answer: would the Honorable Abraham Lincoln, recently retired U.S. Congressman from Illinois, accept appointment as secretary of the new Oregon Territory? ...

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2. The 1850s and Lincoln's Friends in Oregon

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pp. 21-58

Abraham Lincoln wobbled between satisfaction and disappointment. In the midst of his uncertainty, he wrote on 19 November 1858 to Dr. Anson Henry, his former personal physician and Whig crony, now living in Oregon. ...

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3. Lincoln, the Oregon Country, and the Election of 1860

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pp. 59-80

In the closing months of 1859 and the early weeks of 1860, Abraham Lincoln exhibited his willingness to run for the presidency. He had been reluctant to think in that direction immediately following his loss to Stephen Douglas after the momentous debates in summer and fall of 1858. ...

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4. Lincoln and Pacific Northwest Politics, 1861-64

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pp. 81-114

Abraham Lincoln’s connections with the Oregon Country turned decidedly more political when he moved into the White House in 1861. In the first ten to fifteen years of his political career in Illinois, Lincoln espoused the Whig program of internal improvements. ...

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5. Lincoln, the Oregon Country, and the Election of 1864

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pp. 115-144

Abraham Lincoln was in a bind. For much of early 1864 the Civil War was not going well. Naysayers in his Republican Party talked of nominating another candidate who could win the war and the election of 1864. Leading journalists and other politicians were predicting a loss for Lincoln and the Republicans should he run again. ...

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6. Lincoln and the Oregon Country, 1865 and Beyond

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pp. 145-166

Dr. Anson G. Henry’s itchy feet of ambition were burning again. He had worked energetically to get his good friend Abraham Lincoln reelected in 1864. That had occurred. Now, his own ambitions were pushing to the forefront. He had been surveyor-general in Washington Territory for nearly three and a half years. ...

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Bibliographical Essay

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pp. 167-172

American historians have written more about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War than about any other person or subject. It is estimated that nearly sixteen thousand books on Lincoln have been published and perhaps as many as sixty thousand on the American Civil War. ...

A Bibliography

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pp. 173-181


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pp. 182-204


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pp. 205-210

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About the Author

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pp. 224-224

Richard W. Etulain grew up on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington and graduated with high honors in 1960 from Northwest Nazarene College (now University) in Nampa, Idaho. He earned a master’s degree (1962) in American Literature and a PhD (1966) in American history and literature at the University of Oregon. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780870717031
E-ISBN-10: 0870717030
Print-ISBN-13: 9780870717024
Print-ISBN-10: 0870717022

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 847007760
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  • Oregon -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Oregon -- Politics and government -- 1859-1950.
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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