Hoosier statesman, for although he had the endorsement of General Scott
and others of equal influence, yet he was left far behind in the race, and along with him Lincoln
, and Edwards
A dark horse in the person of Justin Butterfield
sprang into view, and with surprising facility captured the tempting prize.
This latter and successful aspirant was a lawyer of rather extensive practice and reputation in Chicago
He was shrewd, adroit, and gifted with a knowledge of what politicians would call good management — a quality or characteristic in which Lincoln
was strikingly deficient.
He had endorsed the Mexican
war, but strangely enough, had lost none of his prestige with the Whigs
on that account.1
The close of Congress and the inauguration of Taylor
were the signal for Lincoln
's departure from Washington
He left with the comforting