Union League of America
The marker is located in downtown Pekin, mounted on a wall, facing east at the northwest corner of Capital and Court Streets (300 block of Capital Street).
Union League Club of Chicago and The Illinois State Historical Society
On June 25, 1862, the Union League of America was founded at Pekin, Illinois, to promote patriotism and loyalty to the Union. Its members hoped to counter Northern disillusionment with President Lincoln's military policies after early Union defeats in the Civil War. Although closely allied with the Republican Party, the League sought to enroll all Union supporters, regardless of party. The league developed into a statewide and then a national organization. By December, 1863, it claimed 140,000 members in Illinois and almost a million nationwide. After the War, the League councils in the south were concerned with franchising the Negro and working for their education.
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