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Pittsfield in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John G. Nicolay

Pittsfield, Illinois

 

— Home of John G. Nicolay President Lincoln’s Private Secretary —

 
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By Emily Pursley, July 28, 2019
1. John G. Nicolay Marker
Inscription.  John G Nicolay met Abraham Lincoln in the fall of 1856 when he was editor of the county paper in Pittsfield. On that autumn day Pittsfield was in a ferment political excitement. A big meeting had been arranged and Nicolay was on the committee. There were two notable speakers--Lincoln and Trumbull--and as there were 100 counties to be covered it was agreed that both should not appear in any one county but one should speak in each. Nicolay watched as Trumbull greeted a stranger..the stranger was Lincoln. Through some misunderstanding both men had come to Pittsfield. As a member of the committee he was presented to Trumbull and Lincoln before the speech making began. When the first brief handshake and word of greeting on the speakers platform were over, Nicolay became an ardent personal follower of Abraham Lincoln.
 
Erected 2019 by Pike County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 36.426′ N, 90° 48.355′ W. Marker is in Pittsfield, Illinois, in Pike
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County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsfield IL 62363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln's Pike County (a few steps from this marker); Pike County's Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); Commemorating (within shouting distance of this marker); Mansion House Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of John Thomson Hodgen, M.D. and Henry Hodgen Mudd, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); Site Of The Free Press Newspaper (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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