Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"The Liberator and the Assassin"
— Historic Wayside Tour #7 —
Leavenworth's Stockton Hall was built in 1857 at the southwest corner of Fourth and Delaware streets. Although not the first of the town's public halls, Stockton was to become the most famous. It was a frame building forty-five by one hundred and twenty feet, with storerooms on the ground floor. The upper floor was combination meeting hall and theater frequently used by traveling theatrical troupes. Stockton Hall took its name from its promoter, Captain J. B. Stockton, described in an early history of Leavenworth City and county as "a prominent public spirited citizen and hustler." When the Civil War broke out Captain Stockton commanded Company G, First Kansas Volunteers.
In the summer of 1858 a meeting was held at Stockton Hall which gave birth to the Democratic Party in Kansas. Prominent Democrats of the Kansas Territory and old line Whigs with similar political views adopted a platform, which became the foundation for the Democratic Party here.
In December of 1859, Stockton Hall was filled to capacity to welcome a visitor from Illinois. Citizens of Leavenworth were eager to hear the man who had debated Stephen A. Douglas.
Exactly four years to the month after Lincoln's Stockton Hall address, a touring theatrical troupe appeared on the same stage. One of the actors was John Wilkes Booth, whom the New York newspapers said was touring the country "with the most triumphant success." Barely sixteen months later Booth went to Ford's Theater in Washington, D. C., where he assassinated President Lincoln.
Erected by City of Leavenworth.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1859.
Location. 39° 19.087′ N, 94° 54.818′ W. Marker is in Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is at the intersection of Delaware Street and 4th Street (U.S. 73), on the right when traveling east on Delaware Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 Delaware Street, Leavenworth KS 66048, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knights of Columbus Hall (here, next to this marker); Russell, Majors & Waddell (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln at Stockton Hall (a few steps from this marker); Site of Offices of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (within shouting distance of this marker); Cyclone Carry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heritage Court / Celebration of the Midwest Family (about 300 feet away); Leavenworth Masonic Building Association (about 300 feet away); Freedom Tree (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leavenworth.
More about this marker. The marker is one of a series of audio historic wayside markers - push a button on the marker and the narration (transcribed above) is given.
Also see . . .
1. Abraham Lincoln in Kansas. (Submitted on August 31, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lincoln in Kansas. (Submitted on August 31, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Abraham Lincoln in Kansas. (Submitted on August 31, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.