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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.

The first business in the area now known as Danville was a salt works. The part of the Vermilion County known as Danville once belonged to the Miami, Kickapoo and Potawatomi tribes of the Algonquin Indians. Several 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.