Lincoln Society of Peekskill

“Dedicated to perpetuating the name, ideals, and memory of Abraham Lincoln and to foster and encourage patriotism”
The brief scheduled appearance of President elect Abraham Lincoln at the Peekskill Depot in 1861 happened due to his personal connections in the Village.
Local Attorney William Nelson served in the U.S. Congress during the years when Representative Lincoln served his one term between 1846 and 1848. Nelson had offered the invitation for Lincoln to speak in Peekskill in 1861.
Future U.S. Senator and Peekskill native Chauncey M. Depew was present at the 1861 event, and later met with President Lincoln in the White House in 1864 to inquire how New York State could assist in his re-election.
Nationally known anti-slavery abolitionist minister Henry Ward Beecher established a summer home on East Main Street in 1857. He later moved to Peekskill full time where he built an impressive mansion.
Former Peekskill resident Peter Cooper invited candidate Lincoln to successfully address a New York audience at Cooper Union in February 1860 as his first such public appearance in New York City. Lincoln went to visit Rev. Beecher immediately afterwards.
Lincoln Society of Peekskill