Lead:  On February 27, 1860, a little known candidate from the Midwest delivered a speech in Manhattan. It propelled him into the White House. History knows it as Abraham Lincoln’s “Cooper Union Speech.”    

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In October 1859, Attorney and former Congressman Abraham Lincoln received a telegram at his home in Springfield, Illinois from a group of Republican supporters. They invited him to speak at Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Chapel in Brooklyn, New York. Lincoln was ambitious to win the nomination of the Republicans for President of the United States at their convention in May 1860. He was very much aware that he was not well-known and quickly snatched up this opportunity for national exposure.

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