President Abraham Lincoln Campaign Speech: September 30, 1859

© Photographed October 23, 2012
Erected 1966 by The Fourth District Republicans
West Allis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.019437,-88.014955

President Abraham Lincoln
Campaign Speech. Sept. 30, 1859
Wisconsin State Fair,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Candidate Abraham Lincoln delivered a campaign speech at the 1850 Wisconsin State Fair.

The Fair site, at that time, was at the Spring Street Hill / Brockway Grounds, located in the heart of Milwaukee between Wisconsin Avenue and Highland Avenue, and from 10th to 13th Streets. A commemorative plaque, recognizing the event, can be seen on the corner of 13th and Wells.

Lincoln's address, confined to the problems of labor and agriculture, became his only speech on agriculture. Candidate Lincoln, clean shaven, stood on a platform wagon wearing a black frock coat and a high, "stove-pipe" hat. He received $150.00 for his speech, a respectable fee in 1859.

Lincoln, the rising Republican politician who debated Stephen Douglas, was elected in 1860. Two years later he signed the bill that established the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
The marker can be reached from westbound West Greenfield Avenue / State Highway 59, north of its intersection with South 81st Street, in the Wisconsin State Fair Park (near Gate 2), at the right side of the main entrance to the Wisconsin Exposition Center, at 8200 West Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214.
The marker can be reached from westbound West Greenfield Avenue / State Highway 59, north of its intersection with South 81st Street, in the Wisconsin State Fair Park (near Gate 2), west of the main entrance to the Wisconsin Exposition Center, at 8200 West Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214.

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