Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Dewenter's Building
Lincoln Era Attorney's Offices
— Built 1856 —
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1983
The Dewenter's building has been the site of commercial and professional activity since 1856. Dewenter's, a men's clothing store, was in business here from 1870 to 1988. The building is known for the attorneys listed below, who practiced here from 1856 to 1861. When the old Eighth Circuit Court was in session these lawyers were privileged to work with Abraham Lincoln. In the offices above were heard political discourses concerning freedom and slavery, speculations on the frailty of mankind and ever-present land dealing. The building was restored by Russel Francois, architect, in 1996.
William Ward Orme was Colonel of the 94th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. A superb administrator, he served in the government of occupied Tennessee. An early death kept him from a promising post-war career in Illinois.
Ward Hill Lemon, law partner to Harvey Hogg, served as Lincoln's body guard for his trip to Washington as President-Elect. During the Civil War, Lamon was U.S. Marshall for the District of Columbia.
Harvey Hogg, opposed
Leonard Swett was partner with William Ward Orme. In Wyant vs. The People, he defended an accused murderer and was one of the first attorneys to use the plea of temporary insanity. After the war Swett provided legal counsel during the "Whiskey Ring" case and the Haymarket case in Chicago in 1887.
Erected 1996 by McLean County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 40° 28.765′ N, 88° 59.669′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on North Center Street south of West Washington Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 W Washington St, 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 Crothers and Chew Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Center Street Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Sigmund Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); The Phoenix Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rounds Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.