Seward: married Frances & inherited home, loved his gardens, vigorous anti-slavery rhetoric, polished and great entertainer; championed by Weed,; governor of New York;
Bates: Judge in St. Louis. Loved his home life, wife Julia, 17 children
Chase: Governor Ohio, rigid/driven/religious. 3X widowed; daughter Kate his first lady
Lincoln: Mother Nancy intelligent, read, died when he was 9; stepmother supportive; father illiterate but great story teller. Opposed Nebraska Act but without upbrading Southerners "they are just what we would be in their situation" page 167. Example with Stanton, whom he made secretary of war even though Stanton had snubbed him in Cincinnati case: "a singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation, or bitterness" page 175.
"Know Nothing Party" fought to delay citizenship of Irish and German immigrants. anti-Catholic but many were antislavery. Whigs: conscience or antislavery Whigs split from cotton Whigs, morphed into Republican party. Defectors from Democratic party into Republican left Southern Democrats remaining, fiscally conservative and proslavery.