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Old State Capitol Exterior

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

Before Lincoln became President, he was a frequent visitor to this building. He tried cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, did research in the libraries, and gave his famous "House Divided" speech in Representatives Hall.

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