“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Veedersburg in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees

Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 30, 2007
1. Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees Marker
Inscription. “Tall Sycamore of the Wabash” — 1827-1897 — Famous orator - Representative in Congress, 1861-66, 1869-73; U.S. Senator, 1877–1897; chief promoter of the building of the Library of Congress.
Erected 1970 by Fountain Central Junior Historical Society. (Marker Number 23.1970.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 8.545′ N, 87° 14.58′ W. Marker is near Veedersburg, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road E 100 N, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 41. Click for map. Approximately 1.3 miles north of I-74 Interchange and U.S. 41. Marker is in this post office area: Veedersburg IN 47987, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birch - Colvert Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veedersburg (approx. 2 miles away); Booe - Inlow - d'Arlier Cultural Center (approx. 2.2 miles away); Curfew Bell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nineteenth Century Functional Commercial Building
Daniel W. Voorhees image. Click for full size.
2. Daniel W. Voorhees
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Veedersburg " Scout Cabin " (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lee and Mike Ramsey (approx. 2.3 miles away); Veedersburg - VanBuren Township War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Veedersburg.
Regarding Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees. Daniel W. Voorhees was born Sept. 26, 1827 in Butler County, Ohio, having Dutch and Irish parents. While an infant the entire family moved to rural Fountain County, Indiana near Veedersburg. As an adult he stood erect at over six (6) feet tall and being from the Wabash River Valley area, he was given the nickname of the “Tall Sycamore of the Wabash.”

After college he entered the legal profession being admitted to the bar in 1850. His first law office was in the County Seat of Fountain County at Covington, Indiana. As a lawyer he occasionally met Abraham Lincoln. Both practiced law in either Illinois or Indiana.

His career included: U.S. District-Attorney for Indiana, Democratic U. S. Representative, and U. S. Senator. During the Civil War he was an anti-war “Copperhead.”

During his time in the U.S. Senate he was a member of the powerful Finance Committee. Building a separate building to house The Library of Congress was his pet project. A strong supporter of individual rights, he died in Washington, D. C. April 10, 1897.
Additional keywords. Library of Congress U. S. Senator
Categories. EducationNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,794 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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