The Lincolns Visit Lexington
ON AUGUST 29,1846, the Lexington Observer & Reporter announced that Abraham Lincoln, son-in-law of state senator Robert S. Todd, had been elected to Congress from Illinois. The result, however, of the recent election throughout the country was far from satisfactory to this stanch Whig organ. "We know that Locofocoism has swept the platter tolerably clean," it observed gloomily; "with the exception of Mr. Lincoln in Illinois, there is not as much Whig virtue and honesty as was required to save Sodom and Gomorrah."
Lincoln had been opposed in his race for Congress by Peter Cartwright, who had defeated him in his first campaign for the legislature, a militant, hard-hitting, Methodist circuit rider, the sworn enemy of slavery and whisky, twenty-four years older than the Whig candidate, and he had found the preacher a most formidable adversary. The canvass had been vigorous and colorful. The supporters of Cartwright called attention to the fact that Lincoln had married into an aristocratic family and that he had stated in a temperance speech at Springfield that drunkards were often as honest, generous, and kindly as