Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln's Danville Friends
—Looking for Lincoln —
The center of town, during the time of Lincoln’s years in Danville, was located in a range from Franklin Street in the West, to Washington Street in the East, bordered by Harrison Street in the North and Water Street to the South. The map at left shows the following locations, represented by either a photograph of the friend or the building: (1) Oliver Davis Home, North Vermilion Street; (2) First Presbyterian Church, North Street; (3) Rev. Enoch Kingsbury Home, South Walnut Street; (4) Lincoln Hall, West Main Street; (5) Oscar F. Harmon Home, East Main Street.
Not all of Abraham Lincoln’s time was spent on legal business when in Danville. He visited his friend Oliver L. Davis in his home on Vermilion Street. They were associated in several court cases. Davis was a floor manager at the Chicago convention when Lincoln was nominated for the Presidency. Lincoln attended Father Enoch Kingsbury’s Presbyterian Church on North Street and visited in his home. Here he found a stereopticon quite interesting. He appointed Kingsbury postmaster when elected President. Lincoln whiled away hours in Doctor Woodbury’s drug store on Main Street. He lounged on the counter and entertained everyone with his stories. He purchased books at the store, including the “funny
Lincoln and Oscar F. Harmon were involved in a number of court cases together. Lincoln was his mentor when the young lawyer was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. Lincoln visited in the Harmon home on Main Street and became acquainted with the entire family. Oscar’s wife, Elizabeth, recalled an instance when Lincoln requested her daughter to play the piano. While she played, the other guests became so noisy that the young girl stopped. Lincoln, standing by the piano, told her, “Go on, my child, don’t mind those other fellows, I’m listening to you.” Oscar F. Harmon was killed during the Civil War at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Lincoln did all he could to assist the family following the Colonel’s death. When Lincoln was assassinated, a lock of his hair was given by his family to Elizabeth Harmon.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 7.519′ N, 87° 37.811′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is on North Vermilion Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 North Vermilion Street, Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln / Lamon Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Danville's Lincoln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Temple / Danville USA (about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindley Sign Post Forest (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . .
1. 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 7, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. 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 7, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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