In 1820 the Missouri Compromise was passed by Congress. The Compromise had placed the spread of slavery into the federal territories on a course that Abraham Lincoln felt would lead to its "ultimate extinction." After the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed many Congressional leaders, chiefly Lincoln's Illinois political adversary and sponsor of the 1854 Act, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, tried to allow for the question of slavery to be "voted up or voted down." Senator Douglas' "Popular Sovereignty" doctrine had become a national issue.
During the early part of the 1850's, national and Illinois politics were in turmoil. With the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, the old political division of the Democratic and the Whig parties had been destroyed. Nowhere was this more evident than in Illinois. Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon had attempted to join a new party, but many of Lincoln's friends wand relatives, especially John Todd Stuart, had told Lincoln he would be ruining his political future by joining the "Abolition" party that Herndon supported. Lincoln declined the invitation to join, but by 1855 he wrote to his good friend Joshua Speed, "I think I am a whig; but others say there are no whigs." Lincoln was at his political crossroads.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 6:57pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 332643 N 4411968|
|Decimal Degrees||39.84125000, -88.95601667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 50.475', W 88° 57.361'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 50' 28.50" N, 88° 57' 21.66" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101 S Main St, Decatur IL 62523, US|
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