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Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

State House

 
 
State House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
1. State House Marker
Inscription.  The State House is the heart of New Jersey’s State government, the second oldest State House in continuous use in the United States. First built in 1792 and expanded in every generation, the State House is a witness to two centuries of American history and a mosaic of architectural styles. President-elect Abraham Lincoln, on his way to take office, addressed the Legislature here. Governor Woodrow Wilson began here the political career that would take him to the White House. Within its walls are the Governor’s office and the chambers of the Senate and Assembly. Whether or not the Legislature is in session, the magnificently restored Senate and Assembly chambers are well worth a visit.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1792.
 
Location. 40° 13.24′ N, 74° 46.15′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker
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By Gary Nigh, November 2007
2. State House Marker
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is on West State Street 0.2 miles west of Barrack Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the New Jersey State House near Thomas Edison State College. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Story of Trenton (here, next to this marker); Old Steel Mill (a few steps from this marker); The Archives of the State (a few steps from this marker); Petty's Run (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trenton Steel Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Landscapes Along Petty's Run (within shouting distance of this marker); West Front Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Front Street Paper Mill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of a large directory sign for the N.J. State House Complex. The 'Story of Trenton' marker is also part of this sign.
 
Also see . . .
1. Abraham Lincoln and New Jersey. ...Mr. Lincoln delivered a brief but poignant address to the State Senate ... Afterwards, Mr. Lincoln addressed the New Jersey General Assembly...
This link quotes the speech given at the State Senate and the address to the General Assembly. (Submitted on December 3, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. James Buckelew Carriage. A carriage was needed worthy enough to carry a President. None could be found in Trenton. Everyone knew of the fancy "Buckelew Carriage" a short distance away. James Buckelew gladly assisted.
Camden & Amboy Railroad Station, Trenton, NJ image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Trenton Historical Society
3. Camden & Amboy Railroad Station, Trenton, NJ
It is believed that Lincoln's train stopped here in 1861 on his way to his inaugural, and Lincoln made his way to the State House from here.
Carriage now at Jamesburg Historical Association in Jamesburg, New Jersey. (Submitted on March 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. State House - Points of Interest. has a number of great photos of the current (2008) interior. (Submitted on May 29, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,090 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   3. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Pictures of the State House • Pictures of the Senate and Assembly chambers • Picture of the Buckelew Carriage, which transported Lincoln between the train station and the State House • Can you help?

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