Map of Maine, 1860, Mitchell
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Map of Maine, 1860, Mitchell

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Map of Maine, 1860, Mitchell

Much of the support the Republican Party in 1860 was from northern states. However, one of the party’s most enthusiastic supporters was the state of Maine. Maine was one of the first states to welcome and support the anti-slavery Republican Party in 1860. Being a frontier state, Maine was especially on board with the party’s free-soil platform that was part of the party’s foundational “free soil, free labor, free men” ideology.  Lincoln even chose Maine’s own Hannibal Hamlin as his first vice president. Their support of the Republican Party would contribute to Maine’s equally enthusiastic support about preserving the Union, so much so that the state of Maine alone contributed a larger amount of combatants in proportion to its population than any other state of the Union.

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.

This original antique map is single paged, as issued. Published in Pennsylvania by S.A. Mitchell Jr. in 1860.

- Ashley Nicholson

Plate Size: 11" x 13.75"

Condition: Minor foxing but otherwise in good condition


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