Construction of Orrin Kendall's building on the southwest corner of Sixth and Maine was completed on October 5, 1852. The impressive three-story brick building housed his cracker and confectionery business in the basement and featured a large public hall the full size of the building (50' x 80') on the second floor. Meetings were held in Kendall Hall almost every evening in 1854 with politics at a fever pitch. Speakers on the Nebraska question included James W. Singleton, Orville H. Browning, and Lincoln. Lincoln's appearance in 1854 at this site was in support of the Congressional campaign of his long-time Quincy friend Archibald Williams.
Lincoln's political genius was demonstrated by his approach to an attempted political smear. During the 1860 presidential primary campaign, Abraham Jonas wrote Lincoln that local Democrat Issac N. Morris was seeking affidavits from "certain Irishmen" that they saw Lincoln come out of a Quincy Know-Nothing Lodge. The Know-Nothing political party opposed immigration and election of Catholics to political office. Lincoln recognized that such a charge could cost him the vote of the large German and Irish population—-and a denial, the vote of the Know-Nothings, who opposed slavery's extension. Lincoln told Jonas, "it must not publicly appear that I am paying any attention to the charge." He suggested that Jonas get affidavits from "respectable men who were always in the lodge and never saw me there." The ploy worked, and the matter never became public.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:16pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 636078 N 4421433|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93208333, -91.40743333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.925', W 91° 24.446'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 55.50" N, 91° 24' 26.76" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 Jail Alley, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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