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Douglas-Johnson Democratic Ticket

Douglas-Johnson Democratic Ticket

In 1860 the Democratic Party split in two, fielding two sets of candidates. Illinois' Stephen A. Douglas ran with former Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson as his vice-presidential nominee in a vain attempt to appeal to southern Democrats. But Democrats, remembering Douglas' attempts to dilute the victory they had claimed in the Dred Scott decision during his debates with Lincoln, rejected him. The original Democratic National Convention for 1860 was held in Charleston, S.C., and adjourned after a tumultuous session in which deeply divided delegates failed to agree upon a nominee. Reconvening seven weeks later in Baltimore, Maryland, the body decided upon the Douglas-Johnson ticket, but only after delegates from the Deep South had walked out. These Democrats adjourned to another hall in Baltimore, where they nominated their own presidential slate.

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