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Favorable or Unfavorable #377: Hannibal Hamlin


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Favorable or Unfavorable #377: Hannibal Hamlin  

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VP Hannibal Hamlin of ME is best known as Lincoln's 1st VP who was later dropped for Andrew Johnson to unify the nation. Imagine if Hamlin and not Johnson was the reconstruction president? You'd have had a president who was aligned with the Radical Republican Congress. 

Lincoln had nothing against Hamlin, but as was the case with most Pres-VP relations in the 18th and 19th century, there wasn't much of a relationship. Hamlin was rarely at the WH. Much of this is because the VP was seen as more of a member of the legislative branch at the time, who was only executive branch on the death of the president. He would only be over to the WH about as often as a Speaker of the House would be. As such, Lincoln replacing Hamlin wasn't seen as such a shocking move as it would be if Biden replaced Harris with, say, Jeb Bush to "Unify the country."

His actions:

Hamlin, Hannibal 1850 Opposes Compromise of 1850 as too pro-slavery
Hamlin, Hannibal 1852 Abolitionist Dem politician who backs Pierce for pres
Hamlin, Hannibal 1856 Switches from Dem to GOP over slavery; abolitionist
Hamlin, Hannibal 1860 VP on Lincoln's winning ticket
Hamlin, Hannibal 1863 Urges Emancipation Proclamation
Hamlin, Hannibal 1863 Strongly support Joseph Hooker to lead Union Army
Hamlin, Hannibal 1864 Dropped from the ticket upon Reps becoming Nat Union party
Hamlin, Hannibal 1868 Fmr VP returns to the US Sen
Hamlin, Hannibal 1881 Appt Amb to Spain by Arthur
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7 hours ago, vcczar said:

VP Hannibal Hamlin of ME is best known as Lincoln's 1st VP who was later dropped for Andrew Johnson to unify the nation. Imagine if Hamlin and not Johnson was the reconstruction president? You'd have had a president who was aligned with the Radical Republican Congress. 

Lincoln had nothing against Hamlin, but as was the case with most Pres-VP relations in the 18th and 19th century, there wasn't much of a relationship. Hamlin was rarely at the WH. Much of this is because the VP was seen as more of a member of the legislative branch at the time, who was only executive branch on the death of the president. He would only be over to the WH about as often as a Speaker of the House would be. As such, Lincoln replacing Hamlin wasn't seen as such a shocking move as it would be if Biden replaced Harris with, say, Jeb Bush to "Unify the country."

His actions:

 

Hamlin, Hannibal 1850 Opposes Compromise of 1850 as too pro-slavery
Hamlin, Hannibal 1852 Abolitionist Dem politician who backs Pierce for pres
Hamlin, Hannibal 1856 Switches from Dem to GOP over slavery; abolitionist
Hamlin, Hannibal 1860 VP on Lincoln's winning ticket
Hamlin, Hannibal 1863 Urges Emancipation Proclamation
Hamlin, Hannibal 1863 Strongly support Joseph Hooker to lead Union Army
Hamlin, Hannibal 1864 Dropped from the ticket upon Reps becoming Nat Union party
Hamlin, Hannibal 1868 Fmr VP returns to the US Sen
Hamlin, Hannibal 1881 Appt Amb to Spain by Arthur

You know, I'd love to start slowly going through all of these polls someday, it would be tedious and difficult, but imagine the creation of something like the Voteview website which tracks congressional votes and "ideology" on a graph. Say I put everyone on the forum who answers these usually, and start tracking the votes/scores, and the final product would show the most "conservative" voters to the most "liberal" voters, with moderates in between, etc. etc. I might start it once the semester is over for me... but I'm open to any ideas from you or anyone else on how exactly it should be done. 

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