Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln Visits Strevell
—Looking for Lincoln —
in the Pontiac home of Jason
Strevell, Abraham Lincoln
“You can take my height if you wish,” Abraham
Lincoln told his
Lincoln was entertained January 27, 1860, at a reception
at the home of Jason Strevell, 401 W. Livingston St., following a speech at the Presbyterian Church. The house was built in 1854 in the Carpenter Gothic Style. Strevell was born in New York of Dutch stock, was admitted to the bar in 1855, and “came west” to Illinois that year, opening a law practice in Pontiac. He was elected to the board of trustees when Pontiac was incorporated as a village Feb.12, 1856. He attended the state convention that nominated Lincoln in Decatur in 1860. He was elected to two terms as a state representative and one in the state senate, where he drafted a bill for the state reform school at Pontiac. After twenty-four years in Pontiac, Strevell again moved “west,” this time to Montana, in 1879.
Erected 2009 by The City of Pontiac.
Marker series. Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 52.927′ N, 88° 37.937′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is on West Livingston Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 West Livingston Street, Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Speaks at Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Stranded Here (about 700 feet away); Livingston County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Desert Storm - War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. W. II War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. W. I War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Seat Almost Moved (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
Also see . . .
1. Visit Pontiac::. This web link has a number of links to other historic items in Pontiac, Illinois. Informative and very helpful. (Submitted on April 12, 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 (Submitted on April 12, 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 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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