1860 Republican National Convention

Date: From 1860-05-16 to 1860-05-18

Place: Chicago, Illinois

The 1860 Republican National Convention was the party's second national convention. William H. Seward was the front-runner for the presidential nomination going into the convention, but he soon lost support to Abraham Lincoln, who received the nomination for president on the third ballot. Delegates selected Hannibal Hamlin as the vice-presidential nominee. The party's platform included planks endorsing a protective tariff, internal improvements, and immigration, but the most salient aspect was a commitment to the non-extension of slavery.

Proceedings of the First Three Republican National Conventions of 1856, 1860 and 1864(Minneapolis, MN: Charles W. Johnson, 1893), 83-174; David M. Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 (New York: Harper & Row, 1976), 427-30.