‘Pivotal time:’ Museum obtains key 1854 Lincoln letter

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield have acquired an 1854 letter marking a key transition for the prairie lawyer.

The letter was donated Thursday by Bloomington collector Guy Fraker.

In it, the future president tells a friend he won’t accept a seat in the state Legislature so that he can remain available for a U.S. Senate seat.

His decision to decline House re-election allowed him to oppose slavery’s expansion in a legendary 1858 Senate race against Stephen A. Douglas.

He lost but gained national stature that won him the White House two years later.

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