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CONTAINING

SKETCHES,

BIOGRAPHICAL, PERSONAL AND POLITICAL,

OF

Prominent Candidates for the Presidency

IN

1860.

BY D. W. BARTLETT.

NEW YORK:

A. B. BURDICK, PUBLISHER,

8 SPRUCE STREET.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by

A. B. BURDICK,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

W. H. TINSON, Stereotyper.

JEO. RUSSELL & Co., Printers.

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PREFACE.

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THE sketches in this volume vary in length and minuteness, not from a disposition, on my part, to withhold facts, but because a few of my subjects are too cautious to allow their private history to go before the public; nevertheless, the work contains full and accurate details of the private and public history of our PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES"—not one of whom has any idea of the position I have assigned him.

In selecting candidates, of course, I have followed my own judgment-had I made use of everybody's, I might fill a dozen volumes. I have sketched the prominent men who have been named in connection with the Presidency in 1860. Messrs. Buchanan and Pierce I have passed over as men who have gone through a campaign-and through a Presidential term-and the people know them. It is the men who have not run the race for Presidential honors-the new men-of whom the public would learn something, or I have

made a mistake in writing this book. The general reader will easily find in the volume the position of any candidate on the issues of the day; and possibly, beside, interesting personal details which show the character of the man.

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THE AUTHOR.

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