Clinton in DeWitt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
“You can fool all the people part of the time . . .”
Lincoln Speech, July 27, 1858
“You can fool all the people part of the time and part of the people all the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time.”
Spoken in an address in Clinton July 27, 1858 by
“I must stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
(Back of Base)
That it may not be forgotten that here for nineteen years as a lawyer and friend he was counselor and teacher of our forefathers.
This statue is erected by the citizens of Dewitt County to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.
Dedicated Nov 11 1931
Erected 1931 by the citizens of Dewitt County.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 27, 1858.
Location. 40° 9.174′ N, 88° 57.643′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton IL 61727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln at Work and Play (within shouting distance of this marker); DeWitt County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Friends and Foes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln and The Law (about 300 feet away); Humorous Moments (about 400 feet away); Warner's Memories / Lawyers and Book Lovers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Hat (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
More about this marker. Bronze by Albert L. Van den Berghen (1850–1921) is eight feet tall on a four foot granite base.
Also see . . . “You Can Fool All of the People” / Lincoln Never Said That. The Abraham Lincoln Association:
2003 article by Thomas F. Schwartz in their For the People newsletter. Mr. Schwartz concludes that is that there is no firm evidence that Abraham Lincoln said this, but there is no firm evidence attributing this epigram to anyone else either. (Submitted on July 21, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,308 times since then and 22 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week July 22, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.