Jack Armstrong - A local bully who enters Rutledge's Tavern and treats people unpleasantly.
Billy - A clerk and later a law partner in Springfield who was an early supporter of abolition.
Stephen A. Douglas - This skillful speaker and political candidate from Illinois ran successfully for senator, but unsuccessfully for President of the United States.
Ninian Edwards - An influential political backer, son of an Illinois governor, and brother-in-law to a future First Lady.
Seth Gale - This man eventually moved West with his family and had a strong moral opposition to slavery.
Gobey - This free negro lived in fear that he might be kidnapped, taken South and sold into slavery.
Mentor Graham - This character tutored another character while in New Salem. They talked about politics and poetry.
Bowling Green - This judge and old friend from New Salem--a man with an unusual name--guided...
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