President Abraham Lincoln recommends Black suffrage, with provisions.
1865 (Apr 11)
President Abraham Lincoln again conceded that some Black Americans might be given the right to vote. He had suggested in a letter to Governor Michael Hahn of Louisiana in 1864 that the very intelligent and those who had fought gallantly in their ranks should be considered for the franchise. At the time of Lincoln's death, no serious efforts had been made to grant suffrage to freed Blacks.