“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Illinois State Register

Illinois State Register Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Illinois State Register Marker
November 1858 Register notices published on Election Day and the day after---documenting the end of the heated and hectic Lincoln-Douglas Senatorial contest.

When the seat of government left Vandalia in 1839, the former capital;s Democratic newspaper---the Illinois State Register---followed. Its offices were here on the north side of Adams Street. Register editors William Walters and George Weber (and later, George Walker and Charles Lanphier) lived in a time when editors defended their views with their fists. The sheriff once horse-whipped Weber for printing unflattering words; Weber's brother then knifed the sheriff (Stephen Douglas won his acquittal). another time Walker and Lanphier got into a street fight with Lincoln's friend, Whig editor Simeon Francis. They employed walking sticks and pitch forks. During the Civil War, the Register rallied in defense of the Union, but bitterly opposed Lincoln's war politics. In 1864 a riot broke out when a mob (including soldiers) broke all the Register office windows. Unbowed, the paper declared that "a vote for Abraham Lincoln is a vote for war, for murder, for the impoverishment of our people...because he will not abate one jot of his wipe out slavery.

Charles H. Lanphier edited the Register for 18 years. He grew up in Washington, D.C., where his family ran a boarding house in the shadow of Andrew Jackson's White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. At age 16 he came to Illinois to work as a newspaper printer; by age 26 he was sole owner of the Register. From his Springfield editor's chair Lanphier became one of the most powerful Democrats in Illinois. Along with most Democrats, he believed abolitionists were traitors and their sentiments "atrocious." He strongly condemned President Lincoln, charging him with turning the Civil War into a violent social revolution that "the civilized world will denounce as an ineffaceable disgrace to the American name." In later years he championed Springfield's public schools.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 48.041′ N, 89° 39′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on E. Adams Street. Touch for map. Between 4th & 5th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Campaign Poles (here, next to this marker); Mary Lincoln's Ring (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Hat (within shouting distance of this marker); Streetscape 1859 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Streetscape 1859 (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Speed's Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's Dentist (about 300 feet away); Curran's Jewelry Shop (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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