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Abraham Lincoln was not Popular in Los Angeles County

President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln, 1863.


Although the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, is considered one of the nation’s greatest presidents, he was not popular in Los Angeles County in his time. Only 20 percent of Los Angeles County voters (356 of them) voted for Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. Four years later, in the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln fared better in Los Angeles County in the 1864 presidential election, winning 43 percent of the county’s voters (555 of them). Nevertheless, he still trailed behind Democrat opponent, George B. McClellan, with Los Angeles County voters. Lincoln’s lack of popularity in Los Angeles County was no surprise. Los Angeles County residents at the time, many originally from the South, leaned heavily towards supporting the confederate rebellion against the United States. In fact, L.A.'s leading newspaper of the time, the pro-confederate Los Angeles Star, wrote on Jan. 3, 1863:

“By the stroke of his pen, Mr. Lincoln frees every slave in rebeldom — robs every master of his servant, every household of its property. Was ever such an outrage perpetrated in the name of law, or such foul perjury committed, as by this man, sworn to maintain the Constitution and govern by the laws.”

Also see Confederate County of Los Angeles.