Edward Beecher of the celebrity Beecher family brought his New England style to Illinois when he became the first president of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. (Information about visiting Illinois College can be seen at http://www.ic.edu/visit.)

Beecher wrote the final third of Secret Societies (free full-text available at google.com), a book that analyzed secretive groups, like the Freemasons, and judged them against Christian beliefs and worship style.

See Connecticut and Ohio to read about his sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and go to our New York page to read about his brother, Henry Ward Beecher.

This is the sixth stop on our Illinois Trail!

Patricia Smart