Lincoln Society of Dayton

Founder:  Tom Cecil

President:  Joyce Young

Vice President:  Neil Webster

Secretary:  Regina Payne

Treasurer:  Brian Montgomery



  • Commemorate the speech against the expansion of slavery delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the Old Court House in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday 17, 1859.
  • Educate schoolchildren and adults about this pivotal time in our history and Lincoln’s vital role in saving our nation.
  • Inspire our community to follow Lincoln’s example of compassion, patriotism, equality, and justice for all.
  • Build upon and complement the Old Court House and development of downtown Dayton with a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln.


Lincoln Society of Dayton

P.O. Box 658

Dayton, Ohio 45409

(937) 432-9334

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The drawing on the right by Lloyd Ostendorf renders Mr. Lincoln making political speeches in the fall of 1859. We can identify the location of this speech at Dayton, Ohio because the Montgomery County Court House in the background of the drawing stands today. These speeches reviewed the arguments Mr. Lincoln had made during the previous year, in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.