Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Danville from 1841 - 1859.
In 1852 he established a local firm with Ward Hill Lamon.
One of Lincoln's opponents for the U.S. Senatorial seat, Stephen
A. Douglas, campaigned in Danville, giving speeches in the
wooded area now known as Douglas Park.
first business in the area now known as Danville was a
part of the Vermilion County known as Danville once belonged
to the Miami, Kickapoo and Potawatomi tribes of the Algonquin
famous natives of Danville include Dick and Jerry Van
Dyke, Gene Hackman, Bobby Short, Donald O'Connor, Helen
Morgan ("a speakeasy singer of the Roaring Twenties")
and astronaut Joe Tanner.