Construction began on the Duncan Mansion in 1833. It was one of the earliest and grandest homes on the Illinois prairie. Governor Duncan and his wife, Elizabeth, hosted many famous people, including Daniel Webster, General John j. Hardin, and Stephen Douglas. From 1865 to 1875, the Mansion was home for an experimental state school for the education of "feeble-minded children." In 1920, the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the mansion, and they have maintained it ever since.
Joseph Duncan is noted for his heroic service in the War of 1812, his contributions as a state senator and United States Representative (1827-1834)—-and his term as Illinois sixth governor. During his career Duncan was a strong advocate for free public education. He also helped in passing federal and state legislation for the construction of the Illinois-Michigan Canal, connecting Lake Michigan and the Mississippi. Joseph met Elizabeth Caldwell Smith in 1828 at a dinner hosted by President John Q. Adams. In her diary, Mrs. Duncan recalled the evening and wrote: "I wore to dinner a crimson-silk dress, thread-lace ruffle at my throat, embroidered-silk stockings, and satin slippers, the color of my dress. My hair I wore in three puffs on the top of my head, three puffs on each side and a high carved tortoise-shell comb."
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:38pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 735717 N 4402023|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73553333, -90.24931667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.132', W 90° 14.959'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 7.92" N, 90° 14' 57.54" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2-76 Duncan Park, Jacksonville IL 62650, US|
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