Mahomet in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Champaign County's Lincoln
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Champaign County was always on Lincolnís circuit. Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 20 years of his life practicing law on the 8th Judicial Circuit, traveling from one county seat to another. Even as the circuit shrank while population grew (from 8 counties in 1841 to 15 counties in 1845 to 8 in 1853 to 5 in 1857) the county seat of Urbana in Champaign County was always on Lincolnís circuit. Each fall and spring, Lincoln traveled the dusty roads, on horseback or by carriage from Decatur to Urbana to Danville often with a group of lawyers and a judge assisting in whatever civil and criminal cases were before the court.
Lincoln unsuccessfully defended the first person accused of murder in Champaign County. Ironically, the defendant escaped shortly after the trial. He defended the interests of the Illinois Central Railroad at the Urbana courthouse. All the while Lincoln was becoming a familiar face in the county and a friend to many early residents.
Lincoln not only practiced law, he also politicked in Champaign County when he heard about the Kansas-Nebraska
Erected by The Dodds Family Descendents of Benjamin Franklin Harris.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 12.335′ N, 88° 23.644′ W. Marker is in Mahomet, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker can be reached from Lake of the Woods Country Park Road east of Route 47. located at (the Entrance Door of) the "Early American Museum". The museum is located due North on State Road 47 from Mahomet, Illinois - a short distance after crossing I-74. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mahomet IL 61853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln's Mahomet / Mahomet's Lincoln Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 6.7 miles away); Champaign's Lincoln (approx. 10.2 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 10.2 miles away); Anthropology and Society (approx. 11.2 miles away); Illini Supersweet Corn (approx. 11.2 miles away); Lincoln & Photography (approx. 11.7 miles away); Urbana's Lincoln (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mahomet.
Also see . . .
1. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincolnís 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. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Official Web Site - - "Early American Museum" ::. A number of helpful items and links that will assist in visiting the "Early American Museum". (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,268 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.