Category Archives: Presidents

Barack Obama in Springfield

President Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator, representing a Chicago district in Springfield, from 1997 to 2004. As a U.S. senator from 2005 to 2009, he also visited Springfield several times. Notably, he was one of the speakers, with … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant in Springfield

Ulysses S. Grant’s rise to commander of U.S. forces in the Civil War began at dinner in a now-anonymous Springfield hotel. Because of his earlier military career, Grant had agreed to accompany a company of Union volunteers from Galena to … Continue reading

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Illinois State Arsenal (1855)

In 1855, the state of Illinois built an arsenal at 424-26 N. Fifth St., on the east side of Fifth Street between Mason and Carpenter streets. The smallish rectangular brick building, built in the Greek Revival style with a pediment on … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, lived in central Illinois from 1830 until 1861. He, his wife, Mary, and three of the couple’s four children are buried in Springfield. Also in the Springfield area are the Lincoln family … Continue reading

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