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History and Heritage in Roodhouse, IL

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The Civil War Governor

Jacksonville, IL

Richard Yates moved from Kentucky to Jacksonville in 1831. Four years later he became the first graduate of Illinois ... hmdb.org

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Big Eli Wheel No. 17

Jacksonville, IL

"I have discovered the machine I want to design and build, a portable 'Ferris Wheel'", W. E. Sullivan, 1893. A young ... hmdb.org

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1858 Senate Race Here

Jacksonville, IL

Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Stephen A. Douglas spent ten weeks in 1858, contesting for the U.S. Senate. During the ... hmdb.org

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Abraham Lincoln won his elected office, a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1834. That same year Josep... hmdb.org

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Greene Vardiman Black

Jacksonville, IL

G.V. Black, father of modern dentistry, was born in 1836 on a farm near Winchester, Illinois. He studied medicine and... hmdb.org

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Whig Rivals and Friends

Jacksonville, IL

A native of Kentucky, John J. Hardin moved to Jacksonville in 1831 when he was twenty-one. Like other young men of th... hmdb.org

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Since 1856, Beecher Hall has been the headquarters of two of Illinois College men's societies. Sigma Pi Society and P... hmdb.org

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Lincoln's Religion

Jacksonville, IL

Abraham Lincoln was often accused by his detractors---and even by some of his friends---of not being a Christian. Jus... hmdb.org

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Lincoln and Jaquess

Jacksonville, IL

Abraham Lincoln met the Reverend James F. Jaquess when Lincoln was a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit and Jaques... hmdb.org

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Lincoln and Grierson

Jacksonville, IL

Abraham Lincoln met Benjamin H. Grierson when the two campaigned for the Republican Party. Grierson, a merchant, musi... hmdb.org

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Lincoln and Slavery

Jacksonville, IL

Pictured in the crowd listening to Abraham Lincoln's speech is Joseph O. King, a prominent merchant who later became ... hmdb.org

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