Lincoln Becomes a Candidate for Illinois General Assembly
Lincoln began his political career in 1832 at age 23 with an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party.
The centerpiece of his platform was the undertaking of navigational improvements on the Sangamon River.
In 1832, as a candidate for the Illinois General Assembly from Sangamon County, Lincoln published his first political announcement, in which he stressed, not surprisingly, the improvement of navigation on the Sangamon River.
Abraham Lincoln's First Political Announcement
The History Place Presents Abraham Lincoln