Gillian Brockell wrote in an article at the WP:

In 1860, two major factors helped to propel Lincoln — a one-term congressman and country lawyer most known for losing a Senate campaign — to the Republican nomination for the presidency. First, the support of former German revolutionaries who had become key players in the Republican Party; and second, the support of the party’s newspaper, the Tribune.

So, who were these former German revolutionaries? A quick search did not locate names.

  • 5
    The references in the wiki article on Forty-Eighters may be a good place to start.
    – user15620
    Commented May 2, 2021 at 23:08
  • 1
    ...particularly under "Political Activists". Interesting topic.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 2:56
  • I batch of my own ancestors are Germans who arrived in the US right around this time. I wish I had more details on them in particular.
    – user15620
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 17:14

1 Answer 1


This is a list-type question, and "key-player" a rather wobbly defined term.

Therefore, this answer is a community wiki. Please help to fill in the gaps.

  • 1
    Carl Schurz had become a key figure for the Democratic Party by the end of his life, supporting Bryan for president in 1900 and Parker in 1904.
    – C Monsour
    Commented May 4, 2021 at 3:18

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.