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Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech

 
 
Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 20, 2018
1. Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker (Side 1)
Inscription. Abraham Lincoln spoke from the rear of a Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad passenger train on Saturday September 17, 1859, to about 1000 people at South Fourth and Ludlow streets (about 785 feet south of here). Lincoln, elected president of the United States a year later, made five Ohio speeches, considered an extension of his 1858 debates with Stephen A. Douglas while they competed for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. After Douglas defeated Lincoln, he toured Ohio supporting 1859 Democratic candidates. The Republican response was to ask Lincoln to do the same for his party. He spoke twice in Columbus on September 16, and in Dayton, Hamilton, and Cincinnati the next day. Later, Republicans swept the 1859 elections, selecting William Dennison, Jr., an 1835 Miami University graduate, as governor and winning majorities in the legislature. When Lincoln became president, he appointed Dennison postmaster general in 1864.

Abraham Lincoln was accompanied to Ohio by his wife Mary and son Tad. His host on the trip was John A. Gurley, a Cincinnati congressman. Lincoln and Gurley together on the speech platform caused some laughter. At six feet four inches, Lincoln towered over Gurley. Lincoln took note, saying "My friends, this is the long of it," pointing to himself, "and this is the short of it," placing a hand on Gurley's head.
Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 20, 2018
2. Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker (Side 2)
But turning to the seriousness of the slavery issue, he observed that "this beautiful and far-famed Miami Valley is the garden spot of the world." He then said, "your sons may desire to locate in the West; you don't want them to settle in a territory like Kansas, with the curse of slavery hanging over it. They desire the blessing of freedom so dearly purchased by our Revolutionary forefathers." Lincoln won the Republican presidential nomination eight months later.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Hamilton & The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 28-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.923′ N, 84° 33.544′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of North Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (U.S. 127) and High Street, on the left when traveling north on North Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hamilton OH 45011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cosmopolitan No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Butler County Courthouse
Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 20, 2018
3. Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Beckett Homesite (approx. ¼ mile away); Lentil Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The Hollow Earth Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Lane-Hooven House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lane Public Library / Clark Lane (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
 
Categories. Politics
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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