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Union County was created January 2, 1818, when Illinois was still a territory. County commissioners established Jonesboro as the county seat on land donated by John and Juliet Grammer.
During the frigid winter of January 1839, thousands of . . . — — Map (db m161167) HM
Young Abraham Lincoln "lost his taste" for politics and was content with his thriving law practice after having served four terms in the Illinois Legislature in the 1830's and a term in Congress in the 1840's. However, several national events . . . — — Map (db m161073) HM
On September 15, 1858, in the midst of the senatorial campaign of that year, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas met at Jonesboro in the third of the famous series of debates which made Lincoln a national figure. The debate was held in a grove . . . — — Map (db m160956) HM
on the afternoon of
September the 15th, 1858
upon this acre in the Jonesboro fair-grounds
and as rival candidates for the United States
Senatorship from the State of Illinois.
Stephen A. . . . — — Map (db m62732) HM
In 1858, Jonesboro was the bustling county seat of one of the state's oldest counties. Founded in 1818, Jonesboro was located on twenty acres donated by John Grammer. Several early politicians came from Jonesboro, including Representative John . . . — — Map (db m161075) HM