Joseph Duncan House

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Joseph Duncan House
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Joseph Duncan House is located in Illinois
Joseph Duncan House
Joseph Duncan House is located in the US
Joseph Duncan House
Location 4 Duncan Pl., Jacksonville, Illinois
Coordinates 39°44′00″N 90°14′57″W / 39.73333°N 90.24917°W / 39.73333; -90.24917Coordinates: 39°44′00″N 90°14′57″W / 39.73333°N 90.24917°W / 39.73333; -90.24917
Area 25.5 acres (10.3 ha)
Built 1833 (1833)
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP reference # 71000294[1]
Added to NRHP November 5, 1971

The Joseph Duncan House, also known as the Governor Duncan Mansion, is a historic house located at 4 Duncan Place in Jacksonville, Illinois. The Georgian style house was built in 1833 for Illinois politician Joseph Duncan. Duncan served as Illinois' representative in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1827 to 1834; he was the state's sole representative for all but his last year. After leaving the House, Duncan served as Governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838. As Illinois had no Governor's Mansion at the time of his election, Duncan's house served as the unofficial governor's mansion during his time in office. Duncan oversaw the beginning of the Illinois and Michigan Canal's construction in 1836, which he had promoted both in Congress and as governor.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1971.[1]

The Governor Duncan Mansion is owned and operated by the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter NSDAR, and is open for tours.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Farrar, William G. (February 12, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Governor Duncan Mansion" (PDF). Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 

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