None of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates were held in Hancock County. But Lincoln gave more formal speeches here during the 1858 campaign (four) than in any other county—-causing Douglas to speak here more times (three) than in all but one county (Madison). Lincoln spoke here one week after the seventh and final Lincoln-Douglas Debate (held in Alton on October 15). it was a late strategic decision by Lincoln to spend two days contesting Hancock County as the senate race neared its frantic close.
Over five thousand people heard Lincoln speak. "Each delegation had its flags and appropriate designs...two or three hundred of these flags, great and small, floating in the breeze." Joseph Smith III wrote, "I went to hear Judge Douglas greatly prejudiced in his favor because of his straightforward, honorable action in his treatment of my father...The next week on Friday I drove out to hear Mr. Lincoln...For the first five or ten minutes I...thought if that was the best the party could do, it was in an awful bad condition. However, by the time Mr. Lincoln was fully engaged in his subject, I forgot that he was homely, lank, angular, long armed, long legged and long necked and was much pleased with his style and manner of speaking."
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 658237 N 4475245|
|Decimal Degrees||40.41280000, -91.13500000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 24.768', W 91° 8.1'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 24' 46.08" N, 91° 8' 6.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 50-98 S Adams St, Carthage IL 62321, US|
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