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Chicago, Illinois
Chicago was the site of the 1860 Republican National Convention. It was during this convention in which Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin became the Republican nominees for president and vice-president. William Seward, the favorite for the nomination, won on the first two ballots submitted, but never received the requisite number of votes for official nomination. But Seward, along with other nominees Salmon P. Chase and Edward Bates had all made enemies within the party. The relatively unknown Lincoln, in contrast, had maintained a moderate stance on the political issues of the day and had earned a national reputation for debates and his captivating speeches. Furthermore, since the location of the conference was in Chicago, Lincoln supporters from throughout Illinois and the western states descended upon the city, giving Lincoln unrivaled support. Finally, Lincoln