WI: Earlier Abraham Lincoln presidency in 1850

So let's say Lincoln is somehow nominated by the Whig Party in 1848 as Zachary Taylor's running mate and they win the election of 1848. After that, Taylor does his milk and cherries thing and dies in 1850, being succeeded by Abraham Lincoln as president. What would his presidency be like, and how would it differ from OTL?
 
So let's say Lincoln is somehow nominated by the Whig Party in 1848 as Zachary Taylor's running mate and they win the election of 1848. After that, Taylor does his milk and cherries thing and dies in 1850, being succeeded by Abraham Lincoln as president. What would his presidency be like, and how would it differ from OTL?

He would probably have accepted most of the Compromise, if with little enthusiasm. He might have dug his heels in over the Fugitive Slave Law in its OTL form, perhaps insisting on some sort of legal representation for alleged runaways.
 

marktaha

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Was there the remotest chance of Lincoln being VP in 1848 -a one-term Congressman not even running for reelection?
 
'Spotty Lincoln' had gained some fame from the SPOT Resolutions and he was a good Whig and therefore not a potential Tyler, so it is theoretically possible that he could have been chosen as a compromise choice but only the most remote chance. Not ASB of course, but a lot of things would have to go screwy, starting with factions within the NY Whig party blocking Millard.
 
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