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Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lorado Taft (1860 - 1936)

Sculptor of the Debate Memorial

 
 
Lorado Taft (1860 - 1936) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
1. Lorado Taft (1860 - 1936) Marker
Inscription. Best remembered for his spectacular fountains, Lorado Taft was the creator of some of our nation's outstanding monuments. Some of his most significant include Blackhawk (Oregon, IL, 1911), The Columbus Memorial (Washington, D.C., 1912), The Fountain of the Great Lakes (Chicago, 1913), The Fountain of Time (Chicago, 1922), and Alma Mater (Urbana, IL, 1929). Although most of Taft;s works are in Illinois, he also had many commissions for statues, sculptures, and fountains throughout the United States.

A native of Elmwood, Illinois, Lorado Taft earned a masters degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign. Taft studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1880-1885) and became an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1886. He soon opened his first studio in Chicago and later taught at the University of Chicago. in 1898 he helped to establish the Eagle's Nest Art Colony along the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. Taft gained fame as an artist and won numerous awards at national and international expositions, including the Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Funded by the State of Illinois in 1936, Taft's now famous bronze bas-relief sculpture commemorates the Quincy Lincoln-Douglas Debate of October 13, 1858. Taft attended the dedication on October 13, 1936, less than three weeks before his

Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Artist Lorado Taft image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
2. Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Artist Lorado Taft
death.
 
Location. 39° 55.956′ N, 91° 24.521′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams County. Marker is on Hampshire Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Washington Park. Marker is in this post office area: Quincy IL 62301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Political Campaigning in 1858 (here, next to this marker); Lincoln-Douglas Debate (here, next to this marker); Lincoln Correspondent (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Promoter (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas' Disciple (within shouting distance of this marker); Quincy's Judge Douglas (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Quincy (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Quincy in 1858 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Rear of Lincoln-Douglas Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
3. Rear of Lincoln-Douglas Sculpture
Lincoln at Quincy
"We have in this nation this element of domestic slavery. We think it is a wrong not confining itself merely to the persons or the States where it exists but that it is a wrong in its tendency to say the least that extends itself to the existence of the whole nation."

Douglas At Quincy
"I hold that the people of the slaveholding states are civilized men as well as ourselves. That they bear consciences as well as we and that they are accountable to God and their posterity and not to us. It is for them to decide therefore the moral and religious right of the slavery question for themselves within their own limits.

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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