When President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, he stated the United States was joining the fight to bring world peace and declared: "The world must be made safe for democracy."
Pardee Butler was born in New York state and raised in Ohio two centuries ago. Becoming a man of steadfast conviction, he helped the growing United States stay free of slavery.
By the time he reached Quincy on that damp Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was exhausted.
As of Sept. 23, 1917, Harold Lewis was no longer a civilian volunteer, but a private first class in the U.S. Army. His pay was $36 a month.
Quincy's abolitionist network was in great danger after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. Under federal law, slave owners could visit free states and retrieve their human property.
The Herald-Whig proclaimed: "Red Cross Leader, Harold W. Lewis, 66, Attorney, Dies Suddenly." It was Monday evening, Jan. 6, 1964, when Quincy lost a devoted community servant and lifelong resident of the Gem City.
Dr. Hosea J. Nichols was one of the 104 doctors of African-American descent who were physicians in World War I. His father, William Nichols, who had been born a slave, served with the Union Army in the 59th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War.