This mahogany podium was purchased by Foster’s Daily Democrat publisher Joshua Foster for the highly anticipated Dover visit of Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Lincoln arrived by train on March 2 from Exeter (he’d visited his sons at Phillips Exeter) and spoke for two hours that evening to over 1500 people at City Hall. Lincoln then spent the night at the Corporation House on Locust Street. In 1866, Foster rescued the podium from a City Hall fire and it has remained in the Foster family. It is on long-term loan to the Museum. In the election that November, Abraham Lincoln won not only the State of NH but also 56.9% of the nationwide vote.