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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Mount Sterling in Brown County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Mt. Sterling, Illinois

Mt. Sterling, Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 12, 2020
1. Mt. Sterling, Illinois Marker
Inscription.  In 1824 Cornelius Vandeventer a native of Ohio, became the first permanent settler in this area. Additional pioneers came over the next few years from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 1829 Alexander Curry purchased a claim on the site of the future Mt. Sterling. Curry and his family laid out the town in 1834. At that time, this area formed the southern part of Schuyler County. Two years later, attempts were made to move the county seat from Rushville to a location nearer to the center of the county. When these failed Brown County, named after General Jacob Brown, a veteran of the War of 1812, was created on February 1, 1839. Mt. Sterling was named the county seat the same year. It was on a major route of the western migration beginning in 1849 with the discovery of gold in California.

James Washington Singleton came to this area from Virginia around 1834 and live in Mt. Sterling until 1854 when he move to Quincy. A doctor, lawyer, and later a railroad executive, he became a brigadier general in the Illinois militia and served in the Mormon War of 1844. He was also a delegate to two Illinois State Constitutional
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Conventions, a member of the Illinois Legislature, and a member of the U.S. Congress. Stephen A. Douglas held court in Mt. Sterling in 1841-1843 while circuit court judge Abraham Lincoln spoke here on October 19, 1858 while campaigning for the office of U.S. Senator.
Erected 1968 by Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
Location. 39° 59.601′ N, 90° 40.629′ W. Marker is near Mount Sterling, Illinois, in Brown County. Marker is on Highway 24 (U.S. 24) west of County Road 1250 E (County Route 1250), on the left when traveling west. Marker is located at a roadside area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: US-24, Mount Sterling IL 62353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln Spoke Here (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Scripps Family (approx. 10 miles away); Union Baptist Church (approx. 10˝ miles away); Militiaman Lincoln (approx. 10.6 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away); 1812-1900 War Memorial
Mt. Sterling, Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 12, 2020
2. Mt. Sterling, Illinois Marker
At a roadside area
(approx. 10.6 miles away); Lincoln's Reception (approx. 10.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln in Rushville (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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