Pittsfield in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Printer's Devil
Looking for Lincoln
The Free Press Office was located on the east side of the Public Square in Pittsfield. This Pittsfield building was the first journalistic workplace
According to Dr. Wayne C. Temple, perhaps John George Nicolay's most important contribution to Lincoln's nomination for President was an editorial for The Pike County Journal newspaper, which came out on May 10, 1860 in Pittsfield. In it he outlined the difference between Henry Clay's and Lincoln's stand on slavery and other matters. This piece was intended to win support for Lincoln in southern Illinois, Missouri, and other places where this paper circulated by exchange. Actually, Nicolay had sent it in without signing his name to it. Just six days later, the Republican Nominating Convention met in Chicago (with Nicolay in attendance). Certainly some of the delegates had read Nicolay's concise editorial, and on May 18, 1860, Lincoln was nominated for President. Soon after May 18, Lincoln asked John George Nicolay to be his private secretary in Washington, D.C.
Erected by The Abe Lincoln Project and Looking for Lincoln in Pike County.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 11, 1848.
Location. 39° 36.413′ N, 90° 48.004′ W. Marker is in Pittsfield, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is on East Washington Street (Illinois Route 106) east of North Illinois Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. Michael J. Noyes House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Lame House (about 700 feet away); The Shastid House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Daniel H. Gilmer Home and Law Office. (approx. ¼ mile away); Site Of The Free Press Newspaper (approx. ¼ mile away); Star Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memoriam (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on January 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.