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Property Name Dupont, John, House
Reference Number 15000979
State Illinois
County Johnson
Town New Burnside
Street Address 130 W 5th St
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/19/2016
Areas of Significance POLITICS & GOVERNMENT, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000979.pdf
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The John Dupont House in New Burnside, Johnson County, Illinois is locally significant under the National Register of Historic Places Criterion C for Architecture and Criterion B for John Dupont's participation in Politics/Government. Dupont was an effective politician recognized as such through his election to county offices and participation in governmental organization in Reynoldsburg1 and again in New Burnside and Creal Springs, where he took leadership roles while living in these communities. The house is the only known elaborate, 2-story Italianate structure to have survived from the 1870s in Johnson County or to have been built there at that time. It also is the only remaining Dupont residence. The period of significance for the Dupont House would be the decades when John Dupont and his family were in residence, from 1872-1891. Dupont and his family lived in the house for two decades, during which time Dupont increased his net worth, operating several mills and expanding into coal mining, and building his reputation as a government, political and business leader in the local community and region. His Colchester Coal Mine was the top producer in the area, at 43,000 tons. A Republican, he was elected to countywide offices. He started civic organizations and gave money and land for construction of churches and cemeteries in the new village. No one made more generous donations to construction of the Methodist Church, still in existence, than John Dupont.

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