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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Election Of 1860 And 1864 — Kentucky

Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail

 

— Fort Hill Civil War Park —

 
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By TeamOHE, July 3, 2019
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Inscription.  Kentucky did not support Lincoln in the 1860 and 1864 presidential elections. Many Kentuckians disagreed with Lincoln's policy of prohibiting the expansion of slavery into future U. S. territories and states. Some Kentuckians correctly feared 1860, Kentucky was ranked ninth in state and slave population, seventh in farm value, and fifth in livestock value.

Therefore, in Kentucky during the 1860 presidential election, Lincoln finished last out of the four candidates, winning less than of the popular vote with only 1,364 votes. Lincoln received only ten votes in his ancestral and birth counties (Washington, Hardin, and Larue), and only five votes from Fayette County, the home of his in-laws, the Todds. Tennessean John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party won forty five percent of the popular vote in Kentucky with 66,051 votes (and all twelve electoral votes), Bell was viewed as the least radical of all of the 1860 presidential candidates. His platform contained one plank: the preservation of the Union.

The 1864 election brought similar results for Lincoln in Kentucky. He won approximately thirty percent of the popular vote with 27,787

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By TeamOHE, July 3, 2019
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votes (173 votes from his ancestral counties) as compared to the Democratic Party candidate, former Union general George McClellan, who won just under seventy percent of the popular vote with 64,301 votes (and all twelve electoral votes).

Despite Kentucky's reaction to its native son and the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln won both elections.
 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 12.267′ N, 84° 52.217′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on Clifton Avenue half a mile west of Cheek Street, on the left when traveling west. The marker is near the museum on the Fort Hill Civil War Park grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Clifton Ave, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kentucky's Civil War Governors (here, next to this marker); Kentucky: Union Or Confederate? (here, next to this marker); "Kentucky Scouts" Frankfort Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Hunt Morgan's Cavalrymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Load! Ready! Fire! (within shouting distance of this marker); Remembering The Soldiers Of The War Of 1812 On Both Sides

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By TeamOHE, July 3, 2019
3. Election Of 1860 And 1864 - Kentucky Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Beneath The Soil In Front Of You (approx. ¼ mile away); Here Lie The Remains of 250 Citizens Of Frankfort (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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