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Following Abraham Lincoln's presidential nomination in 1860, crowds of well-wishers and office-seekers poured into Springfield to see him. Neither his law office or home could accommodate them, so he arranged to receive them in the Governor's Room of the Capitol.

The room featured a large chandelier such as the period-correct one shown. This is an acquisition procured with funds from the Old Capitol Foundation. The chain in the background is a reproduction of a gift Lincoln received from a well-wisher. The original had been carved from a single piece of wood.

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