Abraham Lincoln saw the vibrant commercial district around Quincy's public square as he stood on the wooden platform erected for the sixth debate. Behind him on Fifth Street was the colonnaded Greek Revival Adams County courthouse. Just north and on the corner, Republican friends Abraham Jonas and Henry Asbury occupied one of seven law offices on the square. Looking over the crowd, Lincoln saw the Daily Whig and Republican, the only three-story building on the square's west side and the elegant Quincy House hotel on the southwest corner. Across the streets from the square on all sides, irregular wooden awnings jutted out from the stores.
With its booming population, land sales and commerce, Quincy deserved a grand hotel. In 1838 John Tillson, a land company agent, opened the Quincy House on the southeast corner of Fourth and Main. Judged the most elegant hotel between Cincinnati and St. Louis, it soon became the social and commercial center of early Quincy. Stephen A. Douglas maintained a room there during part of the time he lived in Quincy. He later stayed at the Quincy House on occasion, including before and after his debate with Lincoln. Lincoln's stay at the Quincy House followed his address at Kendall's Hall in 1854 on behalf of Archibald Williams. On April 15, 1865, the manager of the Quincy telegraph station delivered news of Lincoln's assassination to former Governor John Wood at the Quincy House. From there word spread to a stunned and heartbroken community.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 9:55pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 635927 N 4421545|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93311667, -91.40918333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.987', W 91° 24.551'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 59.22" N, 91° 24' 33.06" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 425 Hampshire St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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