Asked • 07/07/19

Why did Abraham Lincoln choose Andrew Johnson as a vice presidential running mate?

Given the two were from different parties, I was curious as to why Lincoln would choose a man like Johnson from the opposing party when running for reelection. In addition, I'm curious as to why Lincoln would choose Johnson out of all available Democrats.

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Dror N. answered • 07/14/19

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Moire L.

You are confusing Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The 12th Amendment ratified in 1804 created the "ticket" we have today. Furthermore, in 1860, the Democratic Candidate was Stephen Douglas; and 1864 the Democratic candidate was General George McLellan.


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