Amos Tuck was elected to the Unite States House of Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st district in 1842. In Washington he served with a young lawyer from Illinois by the name of Abraham Lincoln.
Tuck over the next several years worked to unite several small anti-slavery parties into the nascent Republican Party. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1856 and 1860 and worked to get Lincoln nominated in 1860.
Due to Tuck’s influence Lincoln delivered the last of his four New Hampshire speeches in Exeter on March 3, 1860.