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Hannibal Hamlin, statesman

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Hannibal Hamlin, statesman / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 6, page 169-171.

Hannibal Hamlin, born in Paris Hill, served as a senator and a congressman for the state of Maine before becoming Vice President under Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War.

Hamlin did not believe in slavery; however, he did not advocate complete abolition. Hamlin believed the preservation of the Union to be the top priority, and therefore fought to confine slavery within the boundaries it already occupied.