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Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
1. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Marker
front side
Inscription.  This Greek Revival style mansion was built in 1835 by John Wood, Quincy's first settler, who erected a log cabin in 1822 at Front and Delaware Streets. The Society was formed in 1896, acquired the mansion in 1907, and maintains museum displays, loan collections and library open at regular visiting hours.

In 1821, John Wood, a native of New York, came to this vicinity to investigate a claim to a land bounty in the Military Tract, a large area of land in Western Illinois set aside by Act of Congress for soldiers from the War of 1812. So impressed was he with the natural resources of the locality that he returned in 1822 to build the first log cabin and became Quincy's first permanent white settler. Later he was elected Lt. Governor of Illinois and in 1860 became the 12th Governor, filling a vacancy caused by the death of Governor Bissell. He was prominent in state politics, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and of Orville Hickman Browning, a nationally prominent Quincyan, who served in President Andrew Johnson's Cabinet.
 
Erected by City of Quincy.
 
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topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 39° 55.617′ N, 91° 23.781′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams County. Marker is on South 12th Street north of State Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in front of the John Wood Mansion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1143 State St, Quincy IL 62301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wood Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Political Allies (within shouting distance of this marker); Quincy's German Heritage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Quincy's Early Environment (approx. half a mile away); Original Site of Quincy College (approx. half a mile away); R. F. Newcomb House (approx. half a mile away); Original Site of St. Peter Church (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln Recuperates (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Wood Mansion on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 1, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County (official website). (Submitted on December 1, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
2. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Marker
reverse side
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
3. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Marker
Behind the fence and in front of the John Wood Mansion
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
4. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County
The actual historical society building, next to the mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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