Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln's Biography
Greencastle Courthouse Square
6 West Washington Street
During the long, hot summer of 1887, William H. Herndon of Springfield, Illinois, the former law partner of Abraham Lincoln, came to Greencastle to visit his young friend Jesse W. Weik, a native of Greencastle who had graduated from Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in 1875. Upon graduation Weik obtained a position in the United States Pension Bureau in Springfield, and here these two men met and became close friends. Both had a deep, abiding interest in the life of Lincoln, and it would in time become their dream to together write a book on the true life of Lincoln.
Following Lincolnís assassination, William Herndon, realizing Lincolnís great future impact upon history, began to collect all things he deemed pertinent to Lincolnís life. In time this collection would become awesome, and today it now rests in some of our nationíĎs greatest libraries. Herndon, with his boxes of papers, arrived by train in Greencastle August 1st. He stayed
These two men were now ready to collaborate on the book they had long planned. Their office was on the second floor over this building in what was then the Weik Grocer-Bakery. Here they labored daily for long hours in what must have been intolerable heat. Herndon wrote rapidly and with flourish, drawing upon his personal memories and his cherished papers. Weik edited Herndonís pages, wrote some of the chapters himself, and gradually brought the manuscript into publishable form. Weik can be credited with providing the intellectual discipline necessary to bring Herndonís long dream to fruition. Without his help the book might never have been published.
Herndon left Greencastle for his home in Springfield the first week in September, old and tired out. He died there March 18, 1891. But he had lived to see the book published in the summer of 1889, under the long title “Herndonís Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, the Historical and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln.” This book has found an honored place in our countryís literary and historical heritage. In 1892 a second, somewhat-altered edition was published.
Herndonís great Lincoln Collection
And so William Herndon came to Greencastle one day, and Abraham Lincoln became a part of Greencastle history.
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Location. 39° 38.635′ N, 86° 51.814′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Located on "Heritage Wall". It is on the top row - - third plaque from the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eli Lilly & The Civil War (1861–1865 ) (here, next to this marker); Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker); Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975) (here, next to this marker); Eitel's Flowers (here, next to this marker); Julian Family Home Donald J. Cook (1915 - 2005) (here, next to this marker); Women in Greencastle History (here, next to this marker); The Founding of the Lilly Family in Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
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