Mount Vernon in Jefferson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Why Is Lincoln Beardless?
This monument depicts Abraham Lincoln as he appeared in the late 1850s. In the fall of 1860, a few weeks before he was elected to the Presidency, Lincoln received a letter from Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl from Westfield, New York. In her letter, dated October 15, 1860, young Grace urged Lincoln to grow a beard to improve his appearance to help him get elected. Lincoln responded in a letter on October 19, 1860, making no promises; however, less than a month later he began growing a beard.
Location. 38° 19.05′ N, 88° 54.482′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 14th Street north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon IL 62864, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); Appellate Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The Illinois Supreme Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); State of Illinois v. Illinois Central Railroad Attorney Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Women Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Also see . . . Letters Between Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell. (Submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on December 15, 2012.