Presidential Winners and Losers Through History
Photo: Rees Print & Litho. Co./Library of Congress
Before photographs could capture snapshots of election winners, lithographs were the next best thing. After a successful campaign, Abraham Lincoln returned home, greeted by the townspeople, in Oct. 1860.
President Lincoln was the first Republican elected to the presidency. He only received 40 percent of the popular vote, but decisively beat the other three top candidates.
By the time of Lincoln was inaugurated, seven states had already seceded to form the Confederate States of America.