Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Virgil Hickox Home
Looking for Lincoln
Raised in the traditions of Jeffersonian Democracy as a youth in New York, he settled in Springfield in 1834 and became a prosperous merchant, railroad promoter, and banker. He was an important supporter of Stephen Douglas. Republicans attacked him during the 1858 Senatorial contest for having his railroad company provide Douglas with a private train car for use in his statewide canvas against Lincoln. "Huge corporations... [are making] electioneering machines of themselves," critics complained. Hickox insisted that the arrangement was not free (Douglas reportedly spent $50,000 on the Senate campaign — a tremendous sum in those days; some of it probably compensated the railroad). Hickox was among the Sangamon County majority that opposed Lincoln in 1858 and in both presidential elections (Lincoln never carried his home county in these contests). Politics didn't prevent Lincoln and Hickox from enjoying cordial professional relations, however. "I have always found Mr. Hickox a fair man in his dealings," Lincoln once wrote a law client.
Erected by State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency & Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
Location. 39° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leaping Lincoln (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Republican Wigwams (about 400 feet away); The Children's Lincoln (about 700 feet away); Mary Lincoln's Family (about 700 feet away); Lincoln's Carriage Maker (about 700 feet away); Animal Problems (about 700 feet away); Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (about 700 feet away); Departure Point of The Donner Party (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Regarding Virgil Hickox Home. National Register of Historic Places #82002600.
Also see . . .
1. Virgil Hickox House (Wikipedia). The Hickox family remodeled their house several times; when they moved out in 1880, it had largely taken its present form, with an Italianate design featuring bracketed eaves and long arched windows. The Sangamo Club, a private men's club, opened in the building in 1895 and remained there for (Submitted on September 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Virgil Hickox. Virgil Hickox (1806-80) was a Springfield merchant, mill operator and bank and railroad investor. He also was a close friend of Stephen Douglas and managed Douglas’ successful 1858 U.S. Senate campaign against Abraham Lincoln. Hickox’s home on Capitol Avenue, known also as the site of the Norb Andy Tabarin, has been designated a city landmark by the Springfield Historic Sites Commission. (Submitted on September 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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