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As the War with Mexico was winding down in early 1848, a resurgent Whig Party began to raise questions about the motives of President James K. Polk and his Democratic Party in what some viewed as an unpopular or pro-slavery war. Abraham Lincoln, the sole Whig congressman from Illinois, offered his "Spot Resolutions" to question where the hostilities had commenced — on American or Mexican soil — and thus the legality of the war. Lincoln's support of the troops was unwavering but political adversaries later pointed to this speech in order to raise questions about his patriotism.