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What party was Abraham Lincoln?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (9738points) January 10th, 2017

I always thought that he was a Democrat.

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Strauss's avatar

^^Yes, Republican; although Abraham Lincoln and other Civil War era Republicans would barely recognize the Republican party of today.

Bill1939's avatar

Lincoln was a Republican. However, when Lincoln was president Republican’s were the liberal party. They became the conservative party after Johnson was president.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The Republicans in the 1850s-1860s were the progressive party. How times have changed.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Anerican politics today is a freakshow.

cazzie's avatar

Republican before the parties swapped. The Republicans were progressive liberals back then. Worms turn.

zenvelo's avatar

@Bill1939 Which Johnson? Yes, they became the conservative party during the 1960s. Before that they were just the party of rich anti-communists.

stanleybmanly's avatar

It’s interesting that the party has warped the designation “conservative” beyond recognition by previous Republican champions. If you don’t think the GOP has left the rails and drags even the definition of “liberal” to the right, consider the fact that the last of the “New Deal” Presidents was Richard Nixon.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Not just a Republican. Lincoln was the first Republican president.

The party was only 6 years old in 1860 when he was first elected, but Republicans also took the most seats in both the House and the Senate – 108 of the 183 House seats and 30 of the 68 Senate races.

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Bill1939's avatar

@zenvelo, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Yeah, Lincoln was a Republican, but I doubt he would recognize the modern Republican party. Neither would Steven Douglas recognize the modern Democratic party.

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