Old State Capitol

This historic Greek Revival building dominates the downtown square in Springfield. It became associated with Abraham Lincoln as early as 1837, when the cornerstone was laid. As a member of the General Assembly, Lincoln helped to move the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield in that year.

During the time before becoming president Lincoln was a frequent visitor to this building. He tried cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, did research in the law library, and gave speeches including the famous "House Divided."

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