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Vice President Andrew Johnson

Source: The Library of Congress

In the election of 1864, President Abraham Lincoln picked Andrew Johnson, a Senator from Tennessee, as his vice presidential candidate. Lincoln wanted to balance his ticket by appointing the most prominent “War Democrat” in the nation, and moderate Republicans eagerly supported Johnson. The move made it difficult for Democrats to portray Lincoln as anti-Southern or as a tool of the abolitionists with Johnson as his running mate.

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