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Near Veedersburg in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees

“Tall Sycamore of the Wabash”

— 1827-1897 —

 
 
Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 30, 2007
1. Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees Marker
Inscription.  Famous orator - Representative in Congress, 1861-66, 1869-73; U.S. Senator, 1877–1897; chief promoter of the building of the Library of Congress.
 
Erected 1970 by Fountain Central Junior Historical Society. (Marker Number 23.1970.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationGovernment & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
 
Location. 40° 8.545′ N, 87° 14.58′ W. Marker is near Veedersburg, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road E 100 N, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 41. Approximately 1.3 miles north of I-74 Interchange and U.S. 41. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Veedersburg IN 47987, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birch - Colvert Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veedersburg (approx. 2 miles away); Booe - Inlow - d'Arlier Cultural Center (approx.
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2.2 miles away); Curfew Bell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nineteenth Century Functional Commercial Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Veedersburg " Scout Cabin " (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lee and Mike Ramsey (approx. 2.3 miles away); Veedersburg - VanBuren Township War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Veedersburg.
 
Regarding Boyhood Home of Daniel W. Voorhees. Daniel W. Voorhees was born Sept. 26, 1827 in Butler County, Ohio, having Dutch and Irish parents. While an infant the entire family moved to rural Fountain County, Indiana near Veedersburg. As an adult he stood erect at over six (6) feet tall and being from the Wabash River Valley area, he was given the nickname of the “Tall Sycamore of the Wabash.”

After college he entered the legal profession being admitted to the bar in 1850. His first law office was in the County Seat of Fountain County at Covington, Indiana. As a lawyer he occasionally met Abraham Lincoln. Both practiced law in either Illinois or Indiana.

His career included: U.S. District-Attorney for Indiana, Democratic U. S. Representative,
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2. Daniel W. Voorhees
and U. S. Senator. During the Civil War he was an anti-war “Copperhead.”

During his time in the U.S. Senate he was a member of the powerful Finance Committee. Building a separate building to house The Library of Congress was his pet project. A strong supporter of individual rights, he died in Washington, D. C. April 10, 1897.
 
Additional keywords. Library of Congress U. S. Senator LOC
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,193 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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