Political opponents William A. Richardson and Lincoln had close ties. In early 1860 Lincoln invited Richardson to sculptor Leonard Volk's Chicago studio to view the life mask being made of Lincoln. Volk recounted the two amused each other with pleasant reminiscences. During the Civil War, Lincoln recommended Richardson for Brigadier General. Richardson declined. Richardson scarcely warranted the "Copperhead" label sometimes attributed to him—-he never wavered from being pro-Union.
Quincyans passed the Kansas Nebraska Bill based on Douglas' principle of popular sovereignty. With the nation moving westward, the U.S. House and the Senate Committees on the Territories were considered in 1854 among the most important. Richardson in the House and Douglas in the Senate—-both from Quincy—-chaired the two committees. Each introduced bills in 1853 to organize Nebraska. Douglas' written to appease Southerners by repealing the Missouri Compromise. Based on popular sovereignty, the bill allowed each new state to decide the slavery issue. The Senate approved. The House debated it for days. Richardson, with Douglas working the House floor, ultimately passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The Quincy Herald, a Democratic paper, praised the Bill and the role played by Richardson, strongly criticizing the opponents. Richardson was later appointed the first governor of the Nebraska Territory by President Buchanan.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:34pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 635937 N 4421534|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93301667, -91.40906667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.981', W 91° 24.544'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 58.86" N, 91° 24' 32.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 425 Hampshire St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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