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Morgan County Illinois Historical Markers

 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
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Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — 1858 Senate Race Here
Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Stephen A. Douglas spent ten weeks in 1858, contesting for the U.S. Senate. During the grueling campaign, Lincoln made sixty-three speeches across the state; Douglas made 130. Both men spoke separately in . . . — Map (db m57637) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Barton Warren Stone (1772-1844)
A leading figure of the 19th-century "Stone-Campbell" Restoration movement, Barton Warren Stone owned and lived on this farm from 1838 to 1844. Stone advocated the unity of all Christians, served as an educator and church planter, and published . . . — Map (db m149893) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Big Eli Wheel No. 17
"I have discovered the machine I want to design and build, a portable 'Ferris Wheel'", W. E. Sullivan, 1893.

A young man's dream became reality when W. E. Sullivan of Roodhouse, Illinois, designed and built a small, portable, revolving wheel, . . . — Map (db m57658) HM

Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — First Illinois State Hospital for the Insane
Miss Dorothea Dix in her "memorial to the Senate and House of the Representatives of Illinois" urged their serious consideration of the afflicted condition of an increasing class of insane sufferers, whose healthful exercise of their intellectual . . . — Map (db m149907) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Greene Vardiman Black
G.V. Black, father of modern dentistry, was born in 1836 on a farm near Winchester, Illinois. He studied medicine and dentistry and in 1857 began his practice of dentistry in Winchester. After serving in the Civil War, he resumed dental practice in . . . — Map (db m57631) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — I. C. Honors Mr. Lincoln
Since 1856, Beecher Hall has been the headquarters of two of Illinois College men's societies. Sigma Pi Society and Phi Alpha Society. Both societies elected Abraham Lincoln into honorary membership in their fraternal-literary . . . — Map (db m57657) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Lincoln & Governor Duncan
Abraham Lincoln won his elected office, a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1834. That same year Joseph Duncan of Jacksonville was elected Governor of Illinois. Before you stands the home of Joseph Duncan, which became the . . . — Map (db m57650) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Lincoln and Grierson
Abraham Lincoln met Benjamin H. Grierson when the two campaigned for the Republican Party. Grierson, a merchant, music teacher, and musician, even wrote a song for Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1860, with the chorus: "So clear . . . — Map (db m57635) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Lincoln and Jaquess
Abraham Lincoln met the Reverend James F. Jaquess when Lincoln was a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit and Jaquess rode the Petersburg Circuit for the Methodist Church. They became better acquainted in Jacksonville when Jaquess was . . . — Map (db m57630) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Lincoln and Slavery
Pictured in the crowd listening to Abraham Lincoln's speech is Joseph O. King, a prominent merchant who later became mayor of Jacksonville. He helped found a political group that agitated for the exclusion of slavery from the free . . . — Map (db m57653) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Lincoln's Religion
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, . . . — Map (db m57648) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Potawatami Indians
Potawatomi Indians were welcomed on this plaza October 2, 1838 while on the Trail of Death from Indiana to what is now Kansas. — Map (db m149894) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — The Civil War Governor
Richard Yates moved from Kentucky to Jacksonville in 1831. Four years later he became the first graduate of Illinois College. Abraham Lincoln and Yates admired Henry Clay and actively supported the Whig Party. Both strongly opposed . . . — Map (db m57633) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — The Farmers State Bank and Trust Company
The site of the Farmers State Bank and Trust Company Building, formerly known as the Ayers National Bank Building, has been associated with banking longer than any other site in the State of Illinois and possibly the entire Old Northwest. By . . . — Map (db m149896) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — Whig Rivals and Friends
A native of Kentucky, John J. Hardin moved to Jacksonville in 1831 when he was twenty-one. Like other young men of their generation. Hardin and Abraham Lincoln served in the Black Hawk War. Both men were lawyers and Whig politicians who . . . — Map (db m57634) HM
Illinois (Morgan County), Jacksonville — William Jennings Bryan
On this site on July 4th, 1883, distinguished American William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) began his practice of law and journey to national prominence. The forthright, spirited Bryan would become a Congressman from Nebraska, three-time Democratic . . . — Map (db m149914) HM

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