The Pike County Poet
The house was constructed from 1838 to 1843 by William Watson, the first settler of Pittsfield and a man of considerable wealth and influence. After living elsewhere, Watson returned in 1858 to
John Milton Hay was born in 1838 in Salem Indiana. His parents were Dr. Charles and Helen (Leonard) Hay. For improved schooling, Dr. Hay sent John to the Thompson Academy in Pittsfield, the county seat of Pike County, Illinois, where his lived with his uncle, Milton Hay. At the Thompson Academy, John met John George Nicolay, an editor at the Pike County Free Press newspaper. John Hay worked there on occasion, and it was there that he wrote the first draft of his famous book The Pike County Ballads. (Some of its characters were interesting people he had met while in Pittsfield.) After leaving Pittsfield, John continued his studies in Springfield, Illinois and at Brown University in Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1858. Later in life he would co-author with Nicolay the very popular Abraham Lincoln: A History (1890).
Erected by The Abe Lincoln Project and Looking for Lincoln in Pike County.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 36.421′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reuben Scanland House (within shouting distance of this marker); John G. Nicolay (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln's Pike County (approx. ¼ mile away); Pike County's Lincoln (approx. ¼ mile away); Mansion House Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Commemorating (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of John Thomson Hodgen, M.D. and Henry Hodgen Mudd, M.D. (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Last updated on January 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.