was a candidate of the Democratic party in 1860 for President of the United States, but was defeated by Abraham Lincoln.
He died in Chicago, Ill., June 3, 1861.
The Douglas-Lincoln debate.
In opening this famous debate, in Ottawa, Ill., on Aug. 21, 1858, Mr. Douglas spoke as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen,—I appear before you to-day for the purpose of discussing the leading political topics which now agitate the public mind.
By an arrangement between Mr. Lincoln and my
I can proclaim them alike in the North, the South, the East, and the West.
My principles will apply wherever the Constitution prevails and the American flag waves.
I desire to know whether Mr. Lincoln's principles will bear transplanting from Ottawa to Jonesboro?
I put these questions to him to-day distinctly, and ask an answer.
I have a right to an answer; for I quote from the platform of the Republican party, made by himself and others at the time that party was formed, and the bargain