Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Ohio Statehouse / Lincoln at the Statehouse
On September 16, 1859, Abraham Lincoln addressed a small crowd from the east terrace of the Statehouse. In his first Ohio speech, Lincoln repeated his conviction that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” and took issue with Democrat Stephen Douglas’ concept of “popular sovereignty.” Published and widely circulated as an addendum to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Lincoln’s Columbus speech helped stake a firm position for the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential campaign that followed. Lincoln twice returned to Columbus: once on February 13, 1861 to address a joint session of the legislature prior to his inauguration, and one last time, on April 29, 1865. From 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Lincoln’s body lay in state in the Rotunda as 50,000 mourners filed through the Statehouse to pay their respects.
Erected 2003 by The Ohio
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1857.
Location. 39° 57.733′ N, 82° 59.937′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 40) east of High Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); James A. Rhodes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Underground Railroad / Black Conductors of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); “These Are My Jewels” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Here Stood LincolnOhio World War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Ohio State House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Trinity Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Ohio Statehouse Centennial (about 400 feet away); Charity Newsies (about 400 feet away); The State House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,607 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on November 29, 2014.