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

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker
Inscription.  Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, February 12, 1809. He moved with his family to Indiana in 1816 and to Illinois in 1830. His first home in Illinois was 8 miles southwest of Decatur. In 1831 he later moved along to New Salem, twenty miles norhtwest of Springfield, and there he operated a general store and served as Postmaster and Deputy County Surveyor. He served as a Representative in the State Legislature, 1834-1842, and in 1837 was a leader in a effort to move the state government from Vandalia to Springfield. Springfield became the capitol in 1839.

In 1836 Lincoln was admitted to the bar, and in 1837 he moved to Springfield and began his law practice. He argued cases in a number of circuit courts, especially those in counties in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. He spent much of his public life at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield. In 1842 he married Mary Todd and in 1844 purchased his home at Eighth and Jackson Streets in Springfield. As a Whig, Lincoln was elected a Representative to the United States Congress in 1846. As a Republican he opposed Stephen A. Douglas for the United States Senate in 1858,
Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
2. Abraham Lincoln Marker
Marker is on the grounds of Rail Splitter Rest Area (from south-bound I-55)
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and the debates between the candidates made Lincoln nationally prominent though Douglas won the race.

Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, and the election of a Republican prompted the southern states to secede from the Union. Lincoln was inaugurated March 4, 1861, and the Civil War began April 12. The original war aim of the north was restoration of the Union; after 1862, freeing the slaves became another objective. Lincoln was reelected in 1864. At his second inauguration in 1865 he pled for a conciliatory attitude toward the South. He pursued the war to a successful conclusion, capped by Lee's surrender to Grant on April 9, 1865. 5 days later Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater in Washington. He is buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Springfield.
Erected 1972 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Illinois State Historical Society series lists.
Location. 39° 53.264′ N, 89° 35.829′ W. Marker is near Sherman, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on Interstate 55 at milepost 106. Marker
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is located at Rail Splitter Rest Area (southbound). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10355 I-55, Sherman IL 62684, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 1.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln and the Talisman (approx. 1.6 miles away); Highway Tree Planting (approx. 4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (approx. 4.2 miles away); Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Camp Butler National Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Abraham Lincoln on Wikipedia. This Wiki page is a more-expanded biography on the 16th President of the United States. (Submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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