John Wood's stone octagonal mansion was created by Chicago architect John Van Osdel, designer of the Springfield governor's mansion. The house was constructed on the north side of State Street between 11th and 12th while Wood served as governor and during the Civil War. Costing well over $100,000, a princely sum for the time,it was regarded as one of the finest homes in Illinois. Wood sold it in 1875 and returned to his previous home, now preserved as the Governor John Wood Mansion.
John Wood, Quincy's founder, came west from Moravia, New York in 1818 and settled in the Illinois Military Tract. In 1822 he built a log cabin near the Mississippi River, becoming Quincy's first settler. Wood's many years as a civic and political leader included terms as mayor of Quincy, state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor, upon the death of William Bissell. Wood's friendship with Lincoln brought him an appointment as an Illinois delegate to the Peace Convention in Washington, D.C. in February 1861. Wood volunteered in the 1832 Black Hawk War and served as Quartermaster General of Illinois during the Civil War. Lincoln supported Wood by granting arms requests and by providing a mustering office in Springfield. Wood left Quincy in June 1864 as the head of the 137th Illinois Infantry, a "one hundred day volunteers" unit and was soon given command of the Third Brigade.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 637032 N 4420904|
|Decimal Degrees||39.92716667, -91.39638333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.63', W 91° 23.783'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 37.80" N, 91° 23' 46.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 417 S 12th St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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