Puzzler, November 2012: The Solution

It’s time for the solution to November’s Puzzler. Thanks, all of you for your entries.  

The November 2012 Puzzler was:

“This monument has soared above Lake Shore Drive since 1880. Who is it and what was he famous for?”

Those of you who answered “Stephen A. Douglas” are correct. A U.S. Representative from Illinois, then a  U.S. Senator, Douglas (April 23, 1813 – June 3, 1861) is buried in this tomb. This was also the location of his estate and one of many large tracts of land he owned. The estate later became Camp Douglas, a training post for Union soldiers. Eventually, the Army used it as a prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers, many of whom are buried in Oak Woods cemetery. 

Douglas was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860 and lost to Abraham Lincoln. He had defeated Lincoln for the Senate seat two years earlier, the occasion of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Douglas was known as the “Little Giant” because of his height, 5’4″ and his forceful presence as a politician.

One little-known fact: Douglas had briefly courted Mary Todd, who later wed Lincoln.


Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Doug...

Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in Washington Park, Ottawa, Illinois USA, near the site of the first of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photograph of Stephen A. Douglas taken between...


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I'm a Chicagoan, have been for fifty years. I've had a consulting business in the city for thirty-eight years, working with many Chicago companies and organizations and others around the world. Before that, I worked the city's race relations agency for five years.I am a volunteer tour guide for Chicago's Greeter Program and introduce visitors from around the world to this beautiful city. I'm also a writer of several professional books as well as poetry, essays and fiction. The city has become my inspiration, education and entertainment. View all posts by Chicago Stories

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