The $60,000 Telegram That Helped Abraham Lincoln Abolish Slavery https://time.com/5832758/abraham-lincoln-slavery-telegram/ Ainissa Ramirez (MIT Press Reader) has a story in today’s TIME magazine, about a chapter during Lincoln’s presidency that I was not aware of. == The “new technology” of the telegraph (1844, first telegraph message), transmitted the state’s new constitution so that Nevada could be admitted as a US. State. Those 40 single-spaced pages of text (electronic constitution) cost $4,303.27 ($60,000 today). Lincoln signed Nevada’s admittance as a state on October 30, 1864. Nevada participated in the 1864 Federal Election and its single Representative in the US House voted for the 13th Amendment on January 31, 1865. Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln focuses on this time period (late 1964-April 1965) in his presidency, it is unfortunate that this story, from that period, was omitted.