Jonesboro in Union County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Background of the Debates
Looking for Lincoln
— 1858 —
Karl Kelpe painted
Jonesboro was a sleepy town, and the city of Anna was only four years old in 1858. Douglas chose Union County for the site of this debate because of strong Southern sympathies here, hoping Lincoln would express abolitionist views. Douglas had said he wanted to "trot Lincoln down to Egypt," a common name for Southern Illinois. Douglas believed this strongly Democratic county, under the leadership of John S. Hacker, would support him. The party was split, however, with one group of Democrats calling themselves "Danites." They were led by John Daugherty (later to be Lt. Gov. of Illinois). David L. Phillips, a friend of Lincoln who was campaigning against John A. Logan for a seat in Congress, encouraged Lincoln to come to Jonesboro and stay at his home in Anna, which is still standing today.
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Jonesboro Lincoln-Douglas Debate Sesquicentennial Committee.
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.
Location. 37° 27.444′ N, 89° 16.119′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Illinois, in Union County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street north of Whitlock Street. Marker is located in Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 N Main St, Jonesboro IL 62952, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln-Douglas Debates (a few steps from this marker); Where Lincoln Walked (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jonesboro Station, Anna (approx. 1.2 miles away); Anna-Jonesboro (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 7 miles away); Scientific Mission (approx. 7 miles away); King Neptune (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.