Our Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War series continues Wednesday with a special look at Abraham Lincoln’s two, very different vice presidents: Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.
Hamlin—an anti-slavery Democrat who became a Republican—was nominated as Lincoln’s running partner in part for regional balance. The thought was Hamlin, being from Maine, might consolidate Lincoln’s appeal in New England.
Hamlin occasionally grated at his lack of influence during Lincoln’s first term, describing himself as a “fifth wheel of a coach.”
But if Hamlin is sometimes forgotten, he’s better remembered than Johnson.
After Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson was the first U.S. president ever impeached, and he’s on the short list for worst and least popular presidents in history.
A speaker from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss both of these fascinating men at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at our Main Branch.
The talk is free and open to everyone. You can register to attend on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811.
For more on Lincoln and the Civil War, read five things you didn’t know about the Gettysburg Address.