Bement in Piatt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Douglas - Lincoln Debates
—Looking for Lincoln —
Douglas’ letter (written from the Bryant home), was headed “Bement, Piatt County, Illinois, July 30, 1858.” It confirmed the details of their evening meeting, designating the dates and places of
Born in 1818, Francis E. Bryant was the son of a New Hampshire farmer who migrated to the state of Ohio in 1833. Young Francis received little formal education, but he did study the profession of surveying. He left Ohio, settled in Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, courted and married Sarah Briscoe of Kentucky. They moved to Bement in 1856. Bryant became a merchant, banker, and civic leader.
Along with Bryant’s economic success came political influence. He served as Bement’s postmaster and mayor. A prominent Democrat, he served two terms in the Illinois legislature. The most striking evidence of Bryant’s political prestige was his friendship with Stephen A. Douglas. Bryant was part of a statewide network of small-town businessmen upon whom Senator Douglas depended for support.
Erected 2009 by Sue Plummer Loveridge & Sunshine in Memory of Family, Clark (Dingy), Lyndal, & Ray Plummer.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Located to the East of the "Bryant Cottage" (home) - the Illinois State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Bement IL 61813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bement Connection (a few steps from this marker); Bement Goes to War (a few steps from this marker); Bryant Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln - Douglas (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lincoln in Monticello (approx. 7 miles away); Piatt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 7 miles away); Monticello Journeys (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bement.
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day..." (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Notable Events • Notable Persons • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.