The National Democratic nominating convention in session at Institute Hall in Charleston on April 28, 1860. The convention was unable to bridge the differences between northern and southern wings of the party, and when radical southern delegates walked out, the convention adjourned. The southern Democrats later nominated John C. Breckenridge of Tennessee, while the northerners nominated Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. This split in the Democratic Party ensured the victory of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate. From "Harper's Weekly."
Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.