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Lincoln and Douglas hold their first debate in Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa, Illinois, 1859, central area
08/21/1858
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas meet in the first of seven agreed political debates in Ottawa, Illinois.  The town's numbers double as 10,000 people arrive to hear the two candidates for the Senate nomination. 
Source Citation: 
Allen C. Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 93.

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