Lewistown in Fulton County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1974 by Fulton County Historical Society and Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 23.808′ N, 90° 9.32′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Illinois, in Fulton County. Marker is on North Main Street (Illinois Route 97) north of West Lincoln Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near the southeast corner of the Fulton County Courthouse grounds, facing North Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Main Street, Lewistown IL 61542, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mason County's Tribute to the Soldiers 1861 - 1865 Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 8.3 miles away); On This Spot Abraham Lincoln Spoke to the Citizens of Bath (approx. 14 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a painted metal plaque, mounted at eye-level on a metal post.
Also see . . .
1. Ossian M. Ross. Ossian M. Ross was a pioneer farmer, stock-raiser, and merchant in Illinois, who served as a major in the War of 1812 and subsequently founded the Illinois towns of Lewistown and Havana, and who also played a prominent role in establishing Fulton and Mason counties in that state. Ossian Ross donated a quarter-section of his land to the town for the establishment of a public square, courthouse, jail, church, and Masonic temple. (Submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Abraham Lincoln, Postmaster. Two postmasters became U.S. Presidents later in their careers — Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant. Lincoln was the only President who had served as a postmaster. On May 7, 1833, 24-year-old Lincoln was appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln served until the office was closed May 30, 1836. The United States Official Register, published in odd-numbered years, dutifully records A. Lincoln as receiving compensation of $55.70 in the 1835 volume and $19.48 for one quarter’s work in the 1837 volume. Besides his pay, Lincoln, as postmaster, could send and receive personal letters free and get one daily newspaper delivered free. (Submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Notable Places • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.