Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Samuel C. Parks
At this site was located the law office of Samuel C. Parks - a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Born in Vermont in 1820, he eventually moved to Logan County, where he served with Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial Circuit. The two men shared law offices in Mt. Pulaski and Lincoln, Il. Both men were jointly associated with several legal cases. Aside from his legal duties, Parks was elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1854.
Parks was a delegate to the first National Republican Convention in 1856 at which Abraham Lincoln received 110 votes for the nomination of Vice President. Parks also worked to secure Lincoln's nomination for President in 1860. In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Parks the Territorial Judge of the Wyoming Territory, and he would be appointed by other Presidents into several judgeships across the country. Parks chaired the first formal observance of Memorial Day in Logan County in 1868. In 1911, Logan County Judge Lawrence Stringer cited Parks "as one of the few remaining examples of the old school of public men whose stock in trade was their ability, integrity, and pure patriotism."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
Location. 40° 8.784′ N, 89° 21.785′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on South Kickapoo Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Kickapoo Street, Lincoln IL 62656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Rallies the People (within shouting distance of this marker); Logan County's Civil War Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy (within shouting distance of this marker); Logan County Circuit Court (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Lot was Owned by Abraham Lincoln (about 300 feet away); The Lincoln House (about 400 feet away); Lincoln's Lot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Also see . . . Samuel C. Parks. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on November 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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