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Dallas City in Henderson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Politics and Lincoln

Looking for Lincoln

— 1858 —

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
1. Politics and Lincoln Marker
Inscription.  Lincoln's visit to Dallas City on October 23, 1858, was significant to his political career in many ways. According to the Dallas City Review newspaper, several efforts were made by Democrats to tear down the platform that had been erected for Lincoln to use during his speech. Republican forces, however, were present and did not allow it to happen. The Democrats then improvised their own platform, made of a large barrel or hogshead with wide planks atop it, for a rival speaker to drown out Lincoln. It was said that just as the speaker was getting his vocal cords limbered up, the main plank was jerked from his platform, sending him tumbling to the ground. Another story that was told of Lincoln that day was that, "When he saw the banner of the Durham Democrats 'Douglas Against the World,' he smiled and said, "Well, Douglas may be against the world, but always let it be said that Lincoln was for the world, and all the people that live in it - now and always."

According to the Carthage Republican newspaper, there were several thousand people on hand to hear Lincoln's speech in Dallas City, and it
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is said that businessmen of that time took advantage of the crowd to get signers for a charter to incorporate the City under state law on that day. Their efforts paid off, and on February 19, 1859, Dallas got its charter and was incorporated as a city by approval of the Legislature and was given the official name of "Dallas City."


Many local men were instrumental in persuading Lincoln to visit Dallas in 1858, including George M. Ames, H.F. Black, and Ben Mendenhall. Ames's daughter, Ella Harris, recalled seeing Lincoln's "tall frame mounted on a lumber pile delivering his address, despite interruption and 'heckling.'" The lumberyard, owned by H.F. Black, served as the gathering site along the Mississippi River for Lincoln's speech. It was at this lumberyard, originally called Wisconsin Lumber Company, that Black finished lumber brought down the river from the north on rafts. The lumberyard had many other names throughout the years, including Black & Loomis Lumber Company and, most recently, Pioneer Lumber Company.
 
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the City of Dallas City.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln
Politics and Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
2. Politics and Lincoln Marker
Mississippi River is in the background
, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1859.
 
Location. 40° 38.275′ N, 91° 10.113′ W. Marker is in Dallas City, Illinois, in Henderson County. Marker is at the intersection of East First Street and Oak Street, on the left when traveling east on East First Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E First St, Dallas City IL 62330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Spoke Here (here, next to this marker); Old Fort Madison (approx. 7.1 miles away in Iowa); 1812 Battlefield Site (approx. 7.2 miles away in Iowa); The "James" Cannon (approx. 7.3 miles away in Iowa); Steam Locomotive 2913 (approx. 7.4 miles away in Iowa); Lincoln Was a Guest (approx. 11 miles away); Lincoln Runs For Senate (approx. 11.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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