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Aug 21 Oct 15, 1858. At Ottawa, IL, Abraham Lincoln began aseries of debates throughout Illinois with Stephen A. Douglas that would propel Lincoln to national notoriety. Republican Lincoln was challenging Democrat Douglass bid for reelection to the US Senate. The two men conducted seven spirited public debates that often wrestled with the question of slavery in US territories. Although Douglas won reelection, Lincolns eloquence gained him acclaim and he was chosen to be the Republican Partys candidate for president in the 1860 elections. In 1860 Lincoln defeated Douglas tobecome president.

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