Mount Vernon in Jefferson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Attorney Abraham Lincoln
This monument commemorates Abraham Lincoln's visit to this courthouse on November 18-19, 1859. At that time this building was the Illinois Supreme Court, First Grand Division, and Lincoln was here on behalf of his client, the Illinois Central Railroad, which was being sued by the State of Illinois to collect taxes for the year 1857.
The courtroom in this courthouse is unique. It is the only remaining courtroom in which Abraham Lincoln tried a case that continues to be used to this day in the same manner it was used in the 1850s.
This monument was sculpted by Alan Cottrill of Zanesville, Ohio. Excluding the base, the bronze sculpture stands 8½ feet tall. This original Lincoln statue is the product of numerous studies and multiple full-scale casts by the artist and reflects Lincoln's humanity, as opposed to an idealized Lincoln.
Dedicated September 18, 2008
Location. 38° 19.047′ N, 88° 54.482′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 14th Street north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon IL 62864, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking State of Illinois v. Illinois Central Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Illinois Supreme Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); The Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); Why Is Lincoln Beardless? (here, next to this marker); Appellate Courthouse (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Women Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Also see . . .
1. Appellate Courthouse History. (Submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: A Narrative Overview. (Submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.