Clinton in Dewitt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Friends To The End
—Looking for Lincoln —
During the twenty years Abraham Lincoln attended the DeWitt County Court on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, he and Clifton H. Moore, Clinton’s first resident attorney, developed a deep friendship as well as a mutual law practice.
The two men shared many similarities, each achieving his law degree through diligent independent study rather than university education. Both had abilities for surveying land. Lincoln used his skills in New Salem days; Moore used his knowledge in the purchase of large tracts of farmland.
Both had a great appreciation for books, Moore acquiring the largest private library in downstate Illinois. Lincoln, also an avid reader, despite his limited one-year classroom education, had a great thirst for knowledge and often perused a book during his long, bumpy circuit rides. But Moore preferred the comforts of home, restricting his practice to Clinton and the vicinity.
Lincoln thrived on circuit life, making many friends who helped further his political ambitions. When the Republican Party chose Lincoln for President, Moore was a major supporter.
The shocking and sad news of Lincoln’s assassination prompted the congregation of the Clinton Presbyterian Church to hold services of mourning on April 17, 1865. Rev. A. J. Clark gave a sermon
“The Clinton Public” reported that his speech “paid a just tribute to the noble dead, counseled moderation on the part of the people and built up the hopes of all loyal hearts.” Perhaps Moore’s most meaningful statements concerning Lincoln were, “In him, next to God, we trusted. Trusted in his honesty, that was never tarnished . . . trusted in his mercy . . . . Above all, we trusted him because he had power and had not abused it.”
A steady knell of all the church bells followed their services, accentuating the grief felt by all.
Erected 2008 by DeWitt County Museum Association, Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 9.603′ N, 88° 57.528′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Illinois, in Dewitt County. Marker can be reached from East Woodlawn Street east of North Monroe Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. located to the left as you enter the gates of the DeWitt County Museum, which was/is "The C. H. Moore Homestead". Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 East Woodlawn Street, Clinton IL 61727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are War on the Horizon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Hat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Warner's Memories / Lawyers and Book Lovers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln and The Law (approx. 0.4 miles away); “You can fool all the people part of the time . . .” (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln at Work and Play (approx. half a mile away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. half a mile away); DeWitt County War Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Clinton.
Also see . . .
1. C. H. Moore Homestead / DeWitt County Museum ::. This web-site is a treasure chest of many excellent hot-buttons including a 3-D photo of the C. H. Moore - Unique Library. Check them all out! !
2. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield.
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day..."
4. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages.
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