Stephen A. Douglas Dies from Typhoid Fever

Douglas died in Chicago from typhoid fever on June 3, 1861.

He was buried on the shore of Lake Michigan. The site was afterwards bought by the state, and an imposing monument with a statue by Leonard Volk now stands over his grave.

Today, there are Douglas Counties in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. There is Fort Douglas (Utah) in Salt Lake City, and the city of Douglas, Georgia is also named for him, but it is not located in his namesake county; the city of Douglas is found in Coffee County. The county seat of Georgia's Douglas County is, fittingly, Douglasville.

In Wyoming, the County Seat of Converse County, is named in honor of him. The town is located in east/central Wyoming on the banks of the North Platte River.