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Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lyman Trumbull

1813-1896

 

— Apprentice Politician to National Leader —

 
Lyman Trumbull Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
1. Lyman Trumbull Marker
Inscription.  A native of Connecticut, Trumbull arrived in Belleville in 1837 to practice law. He successfully challenged the last legal justification for slavery in Illinois. Before moving from town in 1848, he entered politics, serving a term in the Illinois House and twice becoming Secretary of State. Subsequently he would serve on the Illinois Supreme Court before becoming a US Senator, defeating, among others, Abraham Lincoln. He was a founder of the Illinois Republican Party. When in the US Senate he was a major force behind the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States.
 
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR.
 
Location. 38° 30.828′ N, 89° 59.068′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Marker is in front of
Lyman Trumbull Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
2. Lyman Trumbull Marker
Red arrow points to the plaque
the St. Clair Annex building, with other Belleville Walk of Fame plaques at the northwest quadrant of Belleville Public Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Public Square, Belleville IL 62220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gustavus P. Koerner/Sophia Engelmann Koerner (here, next to this marker); Edward A. Daley (here, next to this marker); Ninian Edwards (here, next to this marker); Les Mueller (here, next to this marker); George Blair (here, next to this marker); Julius Liese (here, next to this marker); Robert "Bob" Goalby (here, next to this marker); Theodor Erasmus Hilgard (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
More about this marker. Trumbull was one of five inaugural inductees into Belleville's Walk of Fame. 2014 was the year the city of Belleville celebrated its bicentennial, and the local historical society decided to start a Walk of Fame at the northwest quadrant of Belleville Public Square. (The other inaugural inductees were Bob Goalby, Ninian Edwards, George Blair and Christian "Buddy" Ebsen.)
 
Also see . . .  Lyman Trumbull on Wikipedia. Gives a much detailed look at his career in law, especially as a judge. However, very little about his life in Belleville is told. (Submitted on July 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Lyman Trumbull image. Click for full size.
Brady-Handy Photograph Collection (Library of Congress; public domain)
3. Lyman Trumbull
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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