FEBRUARY 21, 1861

The president-elect left New York City at 9:00 a.m. en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he traveled through New Jersey, the first state along his journey that had voted heavily for another candidate, crowds gathered to cheer for Lincoln. It was reported that “There seemed to be a universal sentiment of respect and approbation for the new Chief Magistrate.” In Trenton, Lincoln gave two important speeches, one recognizing Trenton’s early role in the country’s struggle for independence. Lincoln arrived mid-afternoon in Philadelphia to a crowd estimated by The Daily News to number a quarter of a million people.