Pontiac (HMJU8)

Location: Pontiac, IL 61764 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 52.78', W 88° 37.731'

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— The City of Pontiac is named for this Intrepid Warrior —

Pontiac organizer of the conspiracy which bears his name, was born on the Maumee River in what is now Ohio, in 1720. As Chief, he led the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Braddocks defeat July 9, 1755. When France surrendered Canada to the English, Pontiac made peace with the new rulers, but later, enraged by his treatment from the British, he organized the Northwest Tribes into a united and simultaneous attack on the British posts, choosing for himself to take Detroit. In May 1763 all the western posts were taken except Detroit and Fort Pitt. The conspiracy failing with these defeats, Pontiac came West to organize the Illinois and Mississippi Tribes into another uprising, but failed. Four years later he was killed by an Illinois Indian near Cahokia. In strength of mind and breadth of vision, Pontiac ranks among the great leaders of his race.

The City of Pontiac is named
for this intrepid warrior

In 1837 Jesse W. Fell, a distinguished citizen of Illinois, who was associated with many activities in the early history of this city, was requested by Henry Weed, the first settler and proprietor of what is now the County Seat, to prepare a petition for a Post Office. Desiring to perpetuate some of the favorite names of the fast vanishing race, he inserted the name of Pontiac, hence the name of the city. Mr. Fell also named the County, choosing the name of Edward Livingston a distinguished attorney and statesman, and Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson.
HM NumberHMJU8
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
Year Placed1936
Placed ByState of Illinois, and Livingston County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 362759 N 4526675
Decimal Degrees40.87966667, -88.62885000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 52.78', W 88° 37.731'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 52' 46.80" N, 88° 37' 43.86" W
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Area Code(s)815
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 N Main St, Pontiac IL 61764, US
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