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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, and incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate. Although Lincoln was a candidate for the Senate in Illinois, the debates were not directly related to an election of office. At the time, Illinois' Senators were elected by the Illinois Legislators, so the purpose of the debates was to represent their parties (Lincoln for the Republicans and Douglas for the Democrats) in a bid to win control of the Illinois Legislature. The main issue discussed in all seven debates was slavery.

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During the Lincoln-Douglas debates for what office were Lincoln and Douglas running?

United States Senator from Illinois


What office were abraham lincoln and stephen douglas running for 1858?

Senate in Illinois


Who challenged Stephen Douglas in the Illinois senate race of 1858?

Stephen A. Douglas debated Lincoln in a famous series of debates in 1858. They were campaigning for the office of US Senator from Illinois. The debates attracted national attention and were published in the newspapers in the East as well as the Midwest.


The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of debates held between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their campaign for which office?

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What hardships did Abraham Lincoln face in running for political office?

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Who was defeated 7 times while running for public office?

Abraham Lincoln was defeated seven times in political office.


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The library in Lincoln's law office, in 1867, had a couple of Davis' books in it.


What office was Stephen Douglas running for?

Senator Stephen A. Douglas ran successfully as the senator from Illinois. He also ran as a Democrat in the 1860 presidential elections. He lost. Before the US Civil War ended, Douglas died.


Did Abraham Lincoln win the position of US senator for Illinois?

No, Douglas did. In 1859, the Illinois legislature selected Douglas for the U.S. Senate over Lincoln by a vote of 54 to 46.


Who lobbied former President Lincoln to allow African Americans to participate in the war?

Frederick Douglas, among others, lobbied President Lincoln to form regiments of African Americans. (Lincoln died in office. He never became a "former president.")


Who is the man who had a debate with Lincoln?

You're almost certainly thinking of Stephen A. Douglas, who had a famous series of debates with Lincoln in 1858. Despite what most people think, these were not for the Presidential election (which happened in 1860 and also featured Democratic candidate Douglas running against the Republican candidate Lincoln), but for a seat in the US Senate. The people of Illinois were not electing a Senator in 1858; they were electing candidates to the state legislature, who would in turn vote for senator. The legislature could be expected to vote reliably along party lines, so despite Lincoln and Douglas not actually running for something that the people could vote on, the races for the state legislature had little to do with the actual candidates for that office and focused mainly on who would be the best Senator. Who won the debates is arguable, but Lincoln lost the election (or, more accurately, the Democrats managed a narrow majority in the state legislature, which made Douglas a shoo-in). He did, however, get a lot of publicity from them, which undoubtedly helped in the Presidential election two years later.


Who was vice president at time of Abraham Lincoln?

Hannibal Hamlin was Lincoln's running mate in the 1860 election and was Vice President during most of Lincoln's presidency. Andrew Johnson was Lincoln's running mate in 1864. He took office as Vice President the month before Lincoln was killed.