The Flagg & Savage Building located on this site, housed James W. Singleton's office when he was president of the Quincy and Toledo Railroad. Singleton practiced law in Mt. Sterling until 1854, then moved to Quincy. Commissioned Brigadier General in the Illinois Militia, he played a significant role in the Mormon War. Singleton served six terms in the state legislature and was twice elected to Congress after the Civil Way. He was known for his fine horses and hospitality at his Quincy estate, Boscobel.
Singleton maintained political contact with President Lincoln, though Singleton remained a dedicated Democrat. In 1862 he and fellow Quincyans Orville Browning and William Richardson gained Lincoln's help in reopening trade with Missouri, which the administration had banned. Unable to influence the choice of the 1864 Democrat candidate for President, Singleton met with Lincoln to discuss directions the administration would take if reelected. He later confided to Browning his meaningful role in Lincoln's reelection by rejecting the candidacy of Democrat George B. McClellan. After Singleton went to Richmond with Lincoln's approval and tried to secure Confederate support for reunion. He said, "My intercourse with (Lincoln) for the past six months has been so free, frequent and confidential that I was fully advised of all his plans, and thoroughly persuaded of the honesty of his heart and wisdom of his humane intentions."
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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 24th, 2014 at 2:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 635985 N 4421405|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93185000, -91.40853333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.911', W 91° 24.512'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 54.66" N, 91° 24' 30.72" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 470-498 Maine St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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