Why Adrew Johnson (A democrat) was chosen as a running mate of Abraham Lincoln for the second term although Hannibal Hamlin was the incumbent, a republican and a confident of Lincoln?
The bitterness, hatred, violence, and lawlessness of the times made Johnsons task extremely difficult. Except in eastern Tennessee, he was regarded as a traitor. When Nashvilles mayor and city council refused to swear allegiance to the United States, Johnson replaced them with loyal Unionists.
In June 1864 the Republicans met in Baltimore, Maryland, and renominated President Lincoln. The convention was known as the National Union Convention to attract the support of the W ...more