Old Main, Knox College

Knox College campus, Galesburg, Illinois

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Description 

The oldest building on the campus of Knox College, Old Main is the best-preserved site associated with the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. The seven debates between Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas and Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln keynoted the momentous issues of the sectional controversy which was carrying the Nation toward disunion and civil war. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000323
Area of significance
Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
College
Current function
College
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1858