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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — Scott R. Trepel
1188 - United States Stamp Treasures from the William H. Gross Collection
Lincoln in '64
The Republican Party often refers to itself as the Party of Lincoln, but that wasn’t quite true in the 1864 election. In an effort to lure so-called War Democrats away from their party, the Republicans renamed themselves the National Union Party. So, technically, Lincoln is the last president to win an election as a candidate for a party other than Republican or Democratic. If you ever want to stump an American history expert, the question “who was the last president...” is a good one.
The cover in the Gross sale shown here is a great example of the event. It is an 1864 Union Party campaign envelope addressed to Lincoln that was annotated and signed by him. This could well be the only extant example of a Lincoln campaign envelope with his signature.