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

Ninian Edwards

1775-1833

 

— Illinois Leader, Town Developer —

 
Ninian Edwards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
1. Ninian Edwards Marker
Inscription.  Edwards came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1809 to become territorial governor. After Illinois attained statehood in 1818 he served as one of the state's first two US Senators. Even before moving to Belleville in 1824, Edwards heavily invested in the town. In 1817 he purchased all of Belleville's unsold lots and encouraged development by giving or selling them at discounted prices to people such as teachers and skilled artisans he believed would benefit the town. In 1826 he was elected the state's third governor. During the Belleville cholera epidemic of 1833, he contracted the disease while aiding cholera victims and died.
 
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers.
 
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
Ninian Edwards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
2. Ninian Edwards Marker
Marker is where the red arrow points
West Main Street. Marker is in front of 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. Edward A. Daley (here, next to this marker); Lyman Trumbull (here, next to this marker); Gustavus P. Koerner/Sophia Engelmann Koerner (here, next to this marker); George Blair (here, next to this marker); Les Mueller (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. Edwards 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, Lyman Trumbull, George Blair and Christian "Buddy" Ebsen.)
 
Regarding Ninian Edwards. The city of Edwardsville, Illinois, was named in his honor in 1813.
 
Also see . . .  Ninian Edwards on Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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