Having previously served as a senator and later military governor for the state of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson was chosen by Abraham Lincoln to be his running mate in the election of 1864.

Abraham Lincoln was elected barely five months before the outbreak of the American Civil War, and was assassinated less than a month before its end.

On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act received Royal Assent, marking the start of female suffrage in Great Britain.