Voting by mail was controversial in 1864 as well
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Voting by mail was controversial in 1864 as well

The election of 1864, in which President Abraham Lincoln sought a second term, prompted a debate about voting by mail, seditious conspiracies, disinformation and vote tampering.

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Scopes 1925 'Monkey Trial' polarized local public
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Scopes 1925 'Monkey Trial' polarized local public

The 1920s brought profound changes to the United States: traditional values, beliefs and ideas clashed with the modern world that novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald called the "Jazz Age."

Frederick Collins: Liberty Party candidate
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Frederick Collins: Liberty Party candidate

In 1816, four Collins brothers left Litchfield, Connecticut, settling across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in Madison County Illinois.

Officer's beat was silent but colorful: A cemetery
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Officer's beat was silent but colorful: A cemetery

Quincy once had a job titled policeman for its city of the dead, Woodland Cemetery. It sounds as if it should have been an uneventful position, having little or no trouble from its constituents.

Early Quincy tavern owner is a forgotten pioneer
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Early Quincy tavern owner is a forgotten pioneer

Rufus Brown was a pioneer of Pike and Adams counties. He settled Pike County with the Ross brothers. He was an early acquaintance of John Wood. Those men and their families are well known among local historians as first settlers.

Former Quincy corporal describes bloody Battle of Shiloh
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Former Quincy corporal describes bloody Battle of Shiloh

John B. Newlands was 10 when his family arrived in Quincy in 1850. Both of his parents, Dr. James B. and Jessie Barland Newlands, were born in Scotland, came to America in the 1830s, and first lived in Troy, N.Y.

Biggest bank heist in U.S. history took place in Quincy 1874
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Biggest bank heist in U.S. history took place in Quincy 1874

The day before Valentine's Day, Feb. 13, 1874, dawned to reveal a gaping hole in the ceiling of the vault of the First National Bank of Quincy. It would set the record for the biggest bank heist in the entire country.

Stephen A. Douglas brings a wife to Quincy
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Stephen A. Douglas brings a wife to Quincy

They were almost mirror images. Congressmen Stephen A. Douglas of Quincy and David Settle Reid of Reidsville, N.C., a town named for his father, were both freshmen members of the 28th Congress.

Stephen A. Douglas finds chaos on first day in Congress
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Stephen A. Douglas finds chaos on first day in Congress

His itinerary was appropriate for Congressman-Elect Stephen A. Douglas, who left his Quincy home at the southeast corner of Third and York streets for Washington, D.C., in October 1843.

Stephen A. Douglas' 1843 victory was hard fought
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Stephen A. Douglas' 1843 victory was hard fought

On the chilly morning in November 1843 that he left his rented home at Third and York in Quincy for Washington, D.C., Stephen A. Douglas checked to make sure he had with him his prized possession.