Tradition holds that Lincoln escorted former president Martin Van Buren here in June 1842. Van Buren was a Democrat. Lincoln was a Whig. But Lincoln's renown for humor purportedly earned him an invitation to meet with Van Buren at the nearby village of Rochester. For one enjoyable evening, the future president is said to have entertained the former president with his wit and stories. The next day local citizens escorted Van Buren into the city. Here at the American House the former president received crowds of callers and enjoyed a party in his honor. Van Buren had been portrayed as something as a "dandy" by political opponents. Many in Springfield were surprised to find him "an open, frank, plainly dressed man."
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 7:49am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273317 N 4408963|
|Decimal Degrees||39.80045000, -89.64775000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 48.027', W 89° 38.865'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 48' 1.62" N, 89° 38' 51.90" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 600 E Adams St, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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