Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
My Good Friend
Judge David Davis - Mansion
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Abraham Lincoln Sometimes Stayed at The Davis Home during visits to Bloomington.
One memorable stay occurred during Lincolnís 1858 senatorial campaign against Stephen A. Douglas. McLean County Republicans pulled out all the stops in preparing for Lincolnís September fourth speech in the courthouse square. At 2:30 P.M., a procession marched to the Davis home to escort Lincoln to town in style. A number of banners bobbed over
Abraham Lincoln Remained an enduring presence in David Davisís life. On the day that Lincoln died, his twenty-one-year-old son Robert sent a telegram to Bloomington, begging Davis to take charge of the murdered presidentís affairs. Davis agreed, managing the estate and securing the presidentís papers in a Bloomington bank vault. He also served as “Tad” Lincolnís legal guardian and advised Robert regarding his motherís care. At Davisí funeral in 1886, Robert Lincoln sat among the mourners in the mansion parlor and rode in the procession of carriages, accompanying the body to its grave. Robert later recalled, “Upon my fatherís death I went to the Judge as a second father, and this he was to me until his death. I am deeply indebted to him for counsel and affectionate help on many occasions
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln and the City of Bloomington.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists.
Location. 40° 28.899′ N, 88° 58.841′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Monroe Drive, on the right when traveling north on Davis Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Davis Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Cloverlawn (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Illinois Central R. R. (approx. ľ mile away); Lincoln's Real Estate (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Home of Julia Green Scott (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln Oak Tree (approx. half a mile away); Home of Adlai E. Stevenson I (approx. half a mile away); Florence Fifer Bohrer (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Many resouses to aid in hunting for Lincoln (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincolnís buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on October 17, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P.B.S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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