Lincoln’s Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856

Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president, but he wasn’t the first Republican presidential candidate. That honor belongs to the subject of John Bicknell‘s biography, Lincoln’s Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Bicknell describes how Fremont turned his fame as an explorer into a political opportunity, why he would have made a better president than the victorious James Buchanan, and whether Lincoln owed his triumph in 1860 to Fremont’s defeat four years earlier.

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  1. George Townsend Inactive

    This was very good. I knew about Fremont, but learned more about him, because of listening to this Podcast. Because Lincoln was the first Republican President, people probably think he was the first Republican candidate. Books like this help to more inform them. Thank you for presenting it, John.

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    • June 5, 2017, at 7:05 PM PDT
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