Lincoln's Danville Friends

Lincoln's Danville Friends (HMJPP)

Location: Danville, IL 61832 Vermilion County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 7.519', W 87° 37.811'

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— Looking for Lincoln —

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The center of town, during the time of Lincoln's years in Danville, was located in a range from Franklin Street in the West, to Washington Street in the East, bordered by Harrison Street in the North and Water Street to the South. The map at left shows the following locations, represented by either a photograph of the friend or the building: (1) Oliver Davis Home, North Vermilion Street; (2) First Presbyterian Church, North Street; (3) Rev. Enoch Kingsbury Home, South Walnut Street; (4) Lincoln Hall, West Main Street; (5) Oscar F. Harmon Home, East Main Street.

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Not all of Abraham Lincoln's time was spent on legal business when in Danville. He visited his friend Oliver L. Davis in his home on Vermilion Street. They were associated in several court cases. Davis was a floor manager at the Chicago convention when Lincoln was nominated for the Presidency. Lincoln attended Father Enoch Kingsbury's Presbyterian Church on North Street and visited in his home. Here he found a stereopticon quite interesting. He appointed Kingsbury postmaster when elected President. Lincoln whiled away hours in Doctor Woodbury's drug store on Main Street. He lounged on the counter and entertained everyone with his stories. He purchased books at the store, including the "funny book" of the day titled "Phoenixiana". Woodbury built a large building in 1857 and named it Lincoln Hall. This was the first building ever named for Lincoln. When he learned the name of the building, Lincoln was a little "embarrasses" and told Woodbury he hoped he had better luck with the building than a friend did with a dog named in his honor. He said, "After the dog's name was changed to Lincoln, he got licked in every fight he was in."

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Lincoln and Oscar F. Harmon were involved in a number of court cases together. Lincoln was his mentor when the young lawyer was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. Lincoln visited in the Harmon home on Main Street and became acquainted with the entire family. Oscar's wife, Elizabeth, recalled an instance when Lincoln requested her daughter to play the piano. While she played, the other guests became so noisy that the young girl stopped. Lincoln, standing by the piano, told her, "Go on, my child, don't mind those other fellows, I'm listening to you." Oscar F. Harmon was killed during the Civil War at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Lincoln did all he could to assist the family following the Colonel's death. When Lincoln was assassinated, a lock of his hair was given by his family to Elizabeth Harmon.
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Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByVermilion County Museum - (The City of Danville)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:18pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 446306 N 4441856
Decimal Degrees40.12531667, -87.63018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.519', W 87° 37.811'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 31.14" N, 87° 37' 48.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16-98 N Vermilion St, Danville IL 61832, US
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