The president-elect won the election with less than 40% of the popular vote but had the majority of electoral votes. The Republican Party had put forth a candidate to win several crucial states that could swing the Electoral College. The election was a bitter one with the Democrat Party fractured between two candidates.
The incoming president received so many death threats that he chose to arrive in Washington in secrecy. The security for the inauguration was the tightest ever with troops stationed on buildings throughout the day. This was an unprecedented amount of protection for any president-elect. Many members of Congress chose not to attend the ceremony.
Despite all this …… Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our 16th president on March 4, 1861.