Illinois State Fair, 1858, at Centralia, Marion County. Regulations and Premiums for the Sixth Annual Fair of the Illinois State Agricultural Society, to be Held at Centralia, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 14th, 15t, 16th and 17th, 1856 ...
Springfield: Bailhache & Baker, Printers, 1858. 32 pp. 8vo, stitched, self-wrappers or without plain wrappers. Title leaf with closed long tear in unprinted area; title and six pages following with small silverfishing to bottom margin; general foxing; good.
The Illinois State Fair began in 1853, and began an important legacy of cultural and political in Illinois history. At this 1858 fair, crowds formed as presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas attend. The two men would engage in their fourth debate the day after the last day of the fair at Charleston.
The Illinois State Fair was an ideal public venue for politicians to become familiar to voters they wished to woo, and Lincoln himself had given his first political speech on October 4th at the 1854 fair, four years earlier.
As the title suggests, this pamphlet offers the fair’s rules and regulations and is filled with an overflowing list of prizes and categories.
Byrd 2942, IU, WHi. OCLC 270778620, 50593861, 62196917, three locations, KAI & WIH, IBV.