John G. Nicolay

John G. Nicolay (HM2J7G)

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N 39° 36.426', W 90° 48.355'

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Pittsfield, Illinois

— Home of John G. Nicolay President Lincoln's Private Secretary —

John G Nicolay met Abraham Lincoln in the fall of 1856 when he was editor of the county paper in Pittsfield. On that autumn day Pittsfield was in a ferment political excitement. A big meeting had been arranged and Nicolay was on the committee. There were two notable speakers—Lincoln and Trumbull—and as there were 100 counties to be covered it was agreed that both should not appear in any one county but one should speak in each. Nicolay watched as Trumbull greeted a stranger..the stranger was Lincoln. Through some misunderstanding both men had come to Pittsfield. As a member of the committee he was presented to Trumbull and Lincoln before the speech making began. When the first brief handshake and word of greeting on the speakers platform were over, Nicolay became an ardent personal follower of Abraham Lincoln.
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HM NumberHM2J7G
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Year Placed2019
Placed ByPike County Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 688363 N 4386450
Decimal Degrees39.60710000, -90.80591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.426', W 90° 48.355'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 25.56" N, 90° 48' 21.3" W
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