Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln reportedly had a "very defective taste" in hats. At various times he was known to have worn fur caps, straw or palm hats, and broad, low-brimmed wool or felt hats. He is best known for the "plug" or stovepipe hats he wore as a lawyer and as president. "His hat was brown and faded and the nap invariably worn or rubbed off," a friend remembered. Another complained that Lincoln's tall hat "was not always exquisitely groomed"---that it settled heavily on top of his wide ears. Another said that the hat Lincoln wore at the Lincoln-Douglas debates was "much worse for ware." Perhaps this was because Lincoln habitually used his hat as a desk and filing cabinet---stuffing letters, legal papers, and scribbled speech notes inside it.. This was not always wise. As a Congressman attending the 1849 inauguration of President Zachary Taylor, Lincoln supposedly had his hat stolen---losing whatever literary treasures were inside it!
Few photographs exist of Lincoln wearing a hat. All were taken in the field with Union soldiers---none in Illinois.
Hats were important to men in Lincoln's day. All men and boys wore
Erected by State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency & Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 39° 48.051′ N, 89° 38.965′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on 5th Street just north of E. Adams Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceMary Lincoln's Ring (here, next to this marker); Streetscape 1859 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Streetscape 1859 (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois State Register (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign Poles (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Dentist (within shouting distance of this marker); Curran's Jewelry Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers of the War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.