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The National Ship Canal Convention assembles in Chicago with Vice-President Hamlin in the chair

Chicago, Illinois, 1861, zoomable map
06/02/1863 to 06/04/1863
The much discussed National Ship Canal Convention assembled with five thousand delegates in a huge tent structure in Lake Park on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Resolutions called for the immediate improvement of canals in Illinois and New York to facilitate ship traffic around the Great Lakes and the Mississippi for both commercial and military purposes.  The idea was not universally popular.  Opposition in Congress and from interests in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and parts of the MidWest meant much discussion over the next months but little accomplishment.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
National Ship-Canal Convention, Proceedings of the National Ship-Canal Convention, held at the city of Chicago, June 2 and 3, 1863 (Chicago: Tribune Printing Company, 1863), 4-6.
"The Great Convention," Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1863, p. 2.
 

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