Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
—Looking for Lincoln —
Danville was a destination for Abraham Lincoln for nearly twenty years. He first came to the village of a few hundred residents when he was a thirty-two-year-old attorney in 1841. Elizabeth Harmon described the early appearance of the young limb of the law. “In those days his cloths were of the shabbiest, and were most carelessly worn. They wee not only threadbare, but he was actually out at the elbows much of the time.” Supposedly, he once spent time regarding an ant working its way out of a horse’s hoof print in the mud in front of the McCormack house, where he was staying on Main Street. Lincoln remarked that the ant made better use of its small brain than he did of his own top piece. By the 1850's Lincoln’s face was familiar to many citizens as he strolled the streets of Danville when court was in session. He began to dress as well as other members of the bar. His legal practice had also grown, and he was becoming well-known in the world of politics.
The McCormack House Hotel was located on the northwest corner of Main and Walnut streets. For many years it offered lodging to weary travelers and local businessmen. It was on McCormack House stationery that Lincoln, in 1859, wrote his acceptance letter to James A. Briggs. This speech,
“I believe, after all, I shall make a political speech of it. You have no objections?” Lincoln wrote to James A. Biggs while staying at Danville’s McCormack House on November 13, 1859. The speech made at Cooper Union in New York, helped his gain the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Lincoln and Ward Hill Lamon formed a law partnership in 1852, opening an office in the Barnum Building on the public square. It became a popular gathering place for the men of Danville, who were drawn to Lincoln’s young, fun-loving, boisterous partner. The partnership ended when Lamon was elected State’s Attorney in 1856. In 1861 Lincoln took Lamon to Washington making him Marshall of the District of Columbia. Judge Davis observed Lincoln “trusted Lamon more than any other man.”
Erected 2009 by Vermilion County Museum - (Danville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau).
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 7.474′ N, 87° 37.848′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is on West Main Street west of North Vermilion Street, on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 West Main Street, Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln / Lamon Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Danville Friends (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abraham Lincoln (about 400 feet away); The Temple / Danville USA (about 700 feet away); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindley Sign Post Forest (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln (approx. ¼ mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . .
1. 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 April 5, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln:: (Submitted on April 5, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. 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 April 5, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,060 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.