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
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. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
Location. 40° 9.174′ N, 88° 57.643′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Illinois, in Dewitt County. Marker is on Lincoln Square Circle, on the left. Touch for map 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. 2003 article by Thomas F. Schwartz in For the People newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Association. 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 November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,233 times since then and 72 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.