FEBRUARY 16, 1861

“We must confess to being most favorably impressed with both [Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln]” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer, an anti-Lincoln Democrat newspaper. Leaving Cleveland at 9:00 a.m., the presidential party embarked on a fully packed day of travel en route to Buffalo, New York. At one of the first stops in New York, Lincoln met and kissed Grace Bedell, a young girl who had written to the presidential candidate suggesting that he grow a beard. In Buffalo, the crowds were too dense to be controlled, and the mayor of the city suffered a dislocated shoulder while escorting Lincoln.