Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln Visits Strevell
Looking for Lincoln
in the Pontiac home of Jason
Strevell, Abraham Lincoln
“You can take my height if you wish,” Abraham
Lincoln told his friend Jason W. Strevell (pictured on left) while conversing with him at his home. Six-foot Strevell had indicated it was not possible that Lincoln was four inches taller. In a letter to his son, Strevell described how he carefully measured Lincoln, who was standing in his stocking feet with his back to the door casing. Using a two-foot rule on top of his head, he found Lincoln to be “exactly six feet four.”
Lincoln was entertained January 27, 1860, at a reception
at the home of Jason Strevell, 401 W. Livingston St., following a speech at the Presbyterian Church. The house was built in 1854 in the Carpenter Gothic Style. Strevell was born in New York of Dutch stock, was admitted to the bar in 1855, and “came west” to Illinois that year, opening a law practice in Pontiac. He was elected to the board of trustees when Pontiac was incorporated as a village Feb.12, 1856. He attended the state convention that nominated Lincoln in Decatur in 1860. He was elected to two terms as a state representative and one in the state senate, where he drafted a bill for the state reform school at Pontiac. After twenty-four
Erected 2009 by The City of Pontiac.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 1994.
Location. 40° 52.927′ N, 88° 37.937′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is on West Livingston Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 West Livingston Street, Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Speaks at Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Stranded Here (about 700 feet away); Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Route 66 Wishing Well & Sign Countryside, Illinois 1941-2007 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pontiac City Hall and Fire Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bob Waldmire Road Yacht (approx. 0.2 miles away); Livingston County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Route 66 Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
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Visit Pontiac: Attractions. This web link has a number of links to other historic items in Pontiac, Illinois. Informative and very helpful. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day..." (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 725 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.