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Galesburg in Knox County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 
 
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1. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Inscription. On October 7, 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephan A. Douglas met in Galesburg for the fifth of seven joint debates. From a platform erected along the east side of Old Main on the Knox College campus, Lincoln said: "He is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to own them."
 
Erected 1958 by Illinois State Historical Society and the Debate Centennial Commission of Galesburg.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 56.62′ N, 90° 22.268′ W. Marker is in Galesburg, Illinois, in Knox County. Marker is on South Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 East South St., Galesburg IL 61401, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. Located on the front lawn of Old Main.
This debate site is the only one of the seven in Illinois at which the original building is still standing. There are additional markers on the Old Main building itself and to the east of the building there is a wayside marker at 350 S. Cherry St. (across from the Old Jail building.) Visitors are encouraged to park nearby (but NOT in the
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By Knox College, June 22, 2009
2. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Old Main, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, looking south.
courthouse lot across the street) and visit Old Main. There are additional displays that may be seen inside Old Main during normal business hours.
 
Regarding Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Bronze tablets by sculptor Avard Fairbank of Lincoln and Douglas flank the east door of Old Main. Because the debate platform blocked the east door, Lincoln and Douglas were forced to climb through the window that is now part of the Knox College president's office. The future President of the United States remarked, "At last I have gone through college."
 
Also see . . .  The Debate at Galesburg, Knox College, October 7 1858. A local Galesburg editor, Jason Sherman, wrote: "The expectations of all parties were far surpassed in the results of Thursday. The crowd was immense notwithstanding the remarkable heavy rains of the day previous, and the sudden change during the night to a fierce blowing, cutting wind, which lasted during the whole day, ripping and tearing banners and sending signs pell mell all over the town." (Submitted on October 26, 2010.) 
 
Additional keywords. Lincoln-Douglas Debates
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRPolitics
 
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By Knox College, November 7, 2007
3. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Bronze sculpture of Lincoln mounted on the east side of Old Main, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.

This tablet commemorates
the one hundredth anniversary
of the fifth debate between
Abraham Lincoln &
Stephan A. Douglas
Held on this site October seventh
1858
Looking For Lincoln -- Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Knox College, November 7, 2007
4. Looking For Lincoln -- Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Wayside marker at 350 South Cherry Street, overlooks the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site at Old Main, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Brent Zhorne of Galesburg, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,527 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 18, 2010.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2010, by Brent Zhorne of Galesburg, Illinois. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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