Politics in the Neighborhood

Politics in the Neighborhood (HMWLK)

Location: Springfield, IL 62701 Sangamon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.796', W 89° 38.713'

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Just Imagine!
On August 8, 1860, an exuberant political rally parade passed by the Lincoln home, including:
180 train cars of Lincoln supporters
28 oxen pulling a mammoth wagon
21 Wide Awake Clubs (groups of young pro-Lincoln men)
10 decorated caravans of ladies
1 full rigged schooner with sailors
1 huge wagon, pulled by 6 horses, with power loom manufacturing jean cloth.

On this day of fireworks, floats, and thousands of on-lookers, Lincoln asked supporters to "kindly let me be silent." Throughout the election, Lincoln's Democratic rival Stephen A. Douglas, actively campaigned, while Lincoln followed tradition and let others represent him, including friend and neighbor, Jesse Dubois.

A Good Neighbor, Friend, and Supporter
Jesse K. Dubois served with Lincoln in the Illinois House of Representatives; welcomed Lincoln's help in his 1856 bid for state auditor, and often campaigned for Lincoln in return.

While working for Lincoln's senate campaign in 1854, he voiced the thought others may have shared = "I am for you against the world." Dubois served as a pallbearer at Lincoln's funeral in 1865.

Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Lincoln Home National Historic Site series
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 4:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 273521 N 4408529
Decimal Degrees39.79660000, -89.64521667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.796', W 89° 38.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 47.76" N, 89° 38' 42.78" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 S 8th St, Springfield IL 62701, US
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