Abraham Lincoln was often accused by his detractors---and even by some of his friends---of not being a Christian.
Just before becoming President, Lincoln shared the following with his friend Dr. Newton Bateman: "I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that His hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me---and I think He has---I believe I am ready. I am nothing, but truth is everything. I know that I am right because I know that liberty is right, for Christ teaches it, and Christ is God. I have told them that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and Christ and reason say the same; and they will find it so. (Stephen) Douglas don't care whether slavery is voted up or voted down, but God cares, and humanity cares, and I care; and with God's help I shall not fail. I may not see the end; but it will come, and I shall be vindicated; and these men will find that they have not read their Bibles aright."
Dr. Newton Bateman was serving as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Illinois when Abraham Lincoln was nominated for President in June 1860. From that time until Lincoln left for Washington to assume his duties in February 1861, he used the Executive Chamber in the Capitol Building as his office and almost daily borrowed
Illinois College was central to the life of Dr. Bateman. Bateman first met Lincoln in 1842 while he was a student at I.C. In 1843, Bateman helped found Sigma Pi Society, an I.C. fraternal-literary group, which made Lincoln an honorary member. Bateman served as teacher and principal in schools in the St. Louis area. In 1851, he returned to Jacksonville, where he married and continued as a school principal. He bought the house on this site in 1851 and expanded it over the years. The Gothic Revival structure is a most unusual survivor of that early period. Dr. Bateman served five terms as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Illinois, beginning in 1859, shortly after he moved to Springfield. From 1875 to 1893, he was president of Knox College in Galesburg, building that institution into one of the great midwestern colleges.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 44.057′ N, 90° 14.524′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Illinois, in Morgan County. Marker is on West State Street just west of Westminster Street, on the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln & Governor Duncan (approx. 0.4 miles away); I. C. Honors Mr. Lincoln (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln and Slavery (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1858 Senate Race Here (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lincoln and Jaquess (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greene Vardiman Black (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Civil War Governor (approx. one mile away); Big Eli Wheel No. 17 (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
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