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Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy

 
 
Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
1. Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy Marker
Inscription.  Statesman and politician Stephen A. Douglas began his distinguished national career in Quincy. A resident of the city from 1841-1847, he served as Associate Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1841-1843, then in the U.S. House until he was elevated to the Senate in 1847. Douglas maintained a residence at the Quincy House, located on this site. On October 13, 1858, Judge Douglas returned here, visiting old friends before crossing the street to share the lecture platform with Lincoln for the sixth debate in the statewide series that helped to determine the outcome of the Senate race and shape the future of our nation. Douglas later referred to his years in Quincy as when "I was first placed upon a national career where I was ever after kept."
 
Erected 2003 by Adams County Bar Association, City of Quincy, Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location.
Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
2. Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy Marker
Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 55.911′ N, 91° 24.588′ W. Marker was in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams County. Marker was on Maine Street, on the right when traveling east. Across from Washington Park. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 408 Maine Street, Quincy IL 62301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Mormons in Quincy (within shouting distance of this marker); Spire Section (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lord's Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone Capitals (within shouting distance of this marker); Search for Equality (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's Friend Johnston (about 300 feet away); A Quincy "Copperhead" (about 400 feet away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
 
Regarding Stephen A. Douglas in Quincy. Marker was located in front of the historic Newcomb Hotel, which was across from Washington Park. The hotel sat vacant for several years as at the same time, it fell into disrepair. In 2013, it was listed as one of the most endangered historic places in Illinois. That same year, on September 6, a fire significantly damaged the former hotel and was demolished two days later. As of 2020, the spot is now a grassy area. The whereabouts of the Stephen
Marker is reported to be missing image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, May 12, 2020
3. Marker is reported to be missing
Marker stood in front of Newcomb Hotel, which caught fire and was demolished in 2013
A. Douglas marker are unknown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on May 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on May 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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