Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln The Lawyer
"A Rustic on his First Visit"
— Looking for Lincoln —
This Federal Style Structure was erected I 1836, serving until it was replaced by the third courthouse in 1868. Often referred to as “coffee mill courthouses,” this architectural style was common in the Midwest. The McLean County Courthouse, designed and built by Leander Munsell, was located on the southwest corner of this block. Lincoln often appeared here as an attorney and as an orator, giving speeches on the lawn, between 1837 and 1860 - - - the year he was elected sixteenth President of the United States.
On Sunday, April 16, 1865, following numerous funeral sermons in the city’s churches, one of the largest crowds gathered on the courthouse lawn to mourn the death of President Lincoln. Journalist Ida Tarbell observed: “Elsewhere it was only a President, a national leader, who had been lost; here it was a personal friend, and people refused to be comforted.... people gathered in the yard about the court-house, where for years they had been accustomed to see Lincoln coming and going. ...” Two weeks later, crowds gathered along the Chicago and Alton Rail Road line to pay homage to the dead President as the Lincoln Funeral passed through Bloomington on its way to Springfield and Lincoln’s final resting place.
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Heroes. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists.
Location. 40° 28.785′ N, 88° 59.613′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Main Street, Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Phoenix Block (a few steps from this marker); World War II War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Risk of the Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Center Street Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloomington, Illinois (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miller-Davis Building (about 300 feet away); Miller-Davis Buildings (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Also see . . . 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. (Submitted on October 17, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,979 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 11, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 7. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.