Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln & Douglas in Danville
It was near here, at a grove of maple trees, that Illinois Senatorial Candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas spoke in September of 1858. During the height of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the men came to Danville to greet the people of Old Vermilion between their formal encounters in Charleston and Galesburg. Banners and flags adorned the town, and spanned the streets of Danville in support of the candidates. Parades led supporters here. Stephen Douglas spoke at a rally on September 21st, and Abraham Lincoln addressed those at a barbecue in his honor the next day. The Democratic Press stated that Douglas drew the largest crowds, and as would be expected, the Republican Papers said the same about the attendance at Lincoln’s Speech. Both events claimed more attendees than the entire population of Danville at the time, as people from throughout the area came to see and hear the candidates. Lincoln lost the Senate Seat to Douglas in 1858, but he did carry Vermilion County. Two years later, Lincoln would not only receive the most votes here, but also win the State and the Nation to become America’s Sixteenth President.
By Marilyn S. Wolf, January 11, 2012
1. Lincoln & Douglas in Danville Marker
Erected 2012 by Ward Hill Lamon Civil War Roundtable.
Location. 40° 7.073′ N, 87° 36.713′
W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wayne Street and South Bowman Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northeast corner of Douglas Park. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
By The Commercial-News, Danville, Il, January 8, 2012
2. Lincoln & Douglas in Danville Marker
From left to right: Rhea Ann Weatherford, Kevin Young and City of Danville Special Services Superintendent Steve Lane look at the plaque at Douglas Park commemorating the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lincoln / Lamon Law Office (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lincoln's Danville Friends (approx. 1.1 miles away); Danville's Lincoln (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Temple / Danville USA (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lindley Sign Post Forest (approx. 1.2 miles away); Women's War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . . Plaque honors Lincoln, Douglas. (01/08/2012) The Commercial-News, Danville, IL (Submitted on January 12, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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By Marilyn S. Wolf, January 11, 2012
3. Wide View - - Lincoln & Douglas in Danville Marker
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Stephen A. Douglas
This 1860 portrait of Stephen A. Douglas by Ducan Styles hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
“The political prominence of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas rested largely on ‘popular sovereignty’ — a formula he had devised in the early 18505 to quell the controversy over slavery's westward extension by permitting the settlers of new territories to decide through balloting whether or not to allow slaveholding. In his quest for the presidency in 1860, he continued to urge this principle. By then, however, it satisfied neither North nor South. Although he was Lincoln's nearest rival in the four-way contest that year, his defeat in November was almost inevitable.
This portrait served as a visual backdrop at campaign rallies on Douglas's behalf. ” — National Portrait Gallery
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. Abraham Lincoln
This 1887 portrait of Abraham Lincoln by George P. A. Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
“Today Abraham Lincoln is universally regarded as one of our greatest presidents. But from the start of his administration, Lincoln, guiding the nation in a time of civil war, was beset with criticism from all sides. Some charged him with moral cowardice for initially insisting that an end to slavery was not one of his wartime goals; others accused him of overstepping his constitutional powers; still others blamed him for military reverses in the field. But as Union forces moved toward victory, Lincoln's eloquent articulation of the nation's ideals and his eventual call for an end to slavery gradually invested him with grandeur. following his assassination in 1865, that grandeur beca.me virtually unassailable.
The original version of this portrait was a template for artist George P. A. Healy's large painting The Peacemakers, depicting Lincoln in consultation with three of his main military advisers at the end of the Civil War. But Healy recognized that this made a fine portrait in its own right and eventually made three replicas, including this one.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 514 times since then. Last updated on January 12, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.