Union/wide Awakes/Headquarters/Stuyvesant Institute./For President/Abraham Lincoln./For/Vice-president/Hannibal Hamlin. In red letters below: It is written in the Book of Fate, that/ABRAHAM LINCOLN shall be the /next President of the United States./Wm. Cullem Bryant.
Campaign banner used for Abraham Lincoln's 1860 presidential campaign. Belonged to the great-grandfather of the donor, Frank W. Ballard, who served as corresponding secretary of the Young Men's Republican Union of New York
This is a campaign parade banner used by the Wide Awakes, who actively campaigned for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The banner quotes poet and Republican editor William Cullen Bryant: "It is written in the Book of Fate, that Abraham Lincoln shall be the next President of the United States." The name of Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's vide-presidential running mate, also appears on the banner.