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Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address

 
 
Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address Marker
Inscription. Abraham Lincoln delivered an impromptu address from the balcony of this house while a guest here in 1858
 
Erected 1926 by Governor Bradford Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 40° 7.641′ N, 87° 38.136′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is at the intersection of North Gilbert Street and Lafayette Street, on the left when traveling north on North Gilbert Street. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the original Vermilion County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 North Gilbert Street, Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Millstone (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); Dr. William Fithian Home (within shouting distance of this marker); A Friend Forever (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District
The balcony Mr. Lincoln stood on to deliver his speech image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
2. The balcony Mr. Lincoln stood on to deliver his speech
Photo is of the original Vermilion County Museum
(approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aircraft in Honor of Chanute Air Force Base (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danville.
 
Regarding Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address. From 1841 to 1859, Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Danville. In 1852, he established a local law firm with Ward Hill Lamon. This was Lincoln's only permanent law office on the circuit. While on his senatorial campaign in September of 1858, Lincoln stepped through a window onto a balcony at the home of his longtime friend, William E. Fithian. Standing in his stocking feet, Lincoln proceeded to give a speech to the residents of Danville.
 
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Balcony from which Mr. Lincoln delivered his speech image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 12, 2008
3. Balcony from which Mr. Lincoln delivered his speech
Old Photo - - Dr. William Fithian Home image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: "Old Illinois Houses"
4. Old Photo - - Dr. William Fithian Home
The Lamon House image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
5. The Lamon House
The Lamon House is a Greek Revival Cottage built in 1850 by Joseph and Melissa Beckwith Lamon. The Lamon House is believed to be the oldest frame house in the Danville Area. Joseph is the cousin of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's law partner and bodyguard. Melissa is the daughter of Dan Beckwith, who Danville is named for. The home originally stood near downtown Danville on North Street, but was moved to its present location in Lincoln Park and was completely restored in the early 1980's.
 
 
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