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Brandon in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Stephen A. Douglas

Opponent of Abraham Lincoln

 
 
Stephen A. Douglas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 1, 2014
1. Stephen A. Douglas Marker
Inscription.  
The ‘little giant’ of national politics, born in Brandon in 1813, later moved to Middlebury to learn cabinet making. Returning to Brandon, he attended the Academy. Moving to Illinois in 1833, his career merged with the stream of American politics, reaching the height in his famous debates with Abraham Lincoln in 1858. Although Lincoln’s opponent during the campaign, he supported the Union until his death in June, 1861.
 
Erected 1957 by Vermont Historic Sites Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
 
Location. 43° 48.027′ N, 73° 5.651′ W. Marker is in Brandon, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection of Grove Street (U.S. 7) and Champlain Street (Vermont Route 73), on the right when traveling south on Grove Street. Marker is located in front of the Brandon Visitor Center (open 365 days a year) and
Stephen A. Douglas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 1, 2014
2. Stephen A. Douglas Marker
Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Museum is just behind the marker
Baptist Church is adjacent
Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Museum (open mid-May through mid-October). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Grove Street, Brandon VT 05733, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Stephen A. Douglas (a few steps from this marker); Brandon Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brandon Training School (approx. one mile away); Forest Dale Ironworks (approx. 3.2 miles away); Fort Vengeance (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hammond Covered Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Ruth Stone House/Green Apples (approx. 6 miles away); Kendrick Dam, Pond, Mill, and Ice House (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandon.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia - Stephen A. Douglas. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
 
Another Stephen A. Douglas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 1, 2014
3. Another Stephen A. Douglas Marker
(Located on the median, there is a bas-relief of the bust of Stephen A. Douglas and the following text)

Stephen A. Douglas
Teacher, Lawyer, Orator, Statesman
United States Senator from Illinois 1847 to 1861
Democratic candidate for President of the United States
against Abraham Lincoln. Loyal supporter of Lincoln and
the Union in the early days of the War of the Rebellion
Born at Brandon April 23 1813
in the cottage west of this site
Died in Chicago June 3 1861
Another Stephen A. Douglas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 1, 2014
4. Another Stephen A. Douglas Marker
(the opposite side of the marker has the following text)

This monument set up by citizens
of Brandon VT. April 23 1913
in commemoration of the
100th anniversary of the birth
of
STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS
who was born just
west of this monument

The bas-relief on the other
side is a replica of the one
at the University of Chicago
by Lorado Taft. Under the
original is an inscription
referring to the generous
contribution by Mr. Douglas
toward the foundation in
1855 of the first university
established in Chicago which is
now the University of Chicago.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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