Here are some interesting tidbits.
The president won the election with less than 40 percent of the popular vote but had the majority of the Electoral College votes. The Republican Party had put forth a candidate to win several states that could swing the Electoral College. The election was a bitter one with the Democratic Party fractured between two candidates. There was dissension in both parties and a riot or two broke out.
The incoming president received death threats and chose to arrive in Washington, D.C., in secrecy. The security for the inauguration was the tightest ever with the Secret Service stationed everywhere and on buildings throughout the day. Many members of Congress chose not attend the ceremony.
Despite all of this, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our 16th president on March 4, 1861.
Does this sound familiar?
Manuel Madrid, Reedley