Hodgenville in Larue County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill
Hodgen held several important positions in Hardin County. He was one of the first justices of the Hardin County Court, served as sheriff of Hardin County, and as a member of the state Legislature. Robert Hodgen died almost one year to the day after Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Eight years after Hodgen’s death, his widow Sarah Larue Hodgen, and their two sons, Isaac and John, filed a petition with the Hardin County Court to establish a town “on the land of Robert Hodgen, deceased, agreeable to a plan submitted, to be called and known by the name of Hodgenville.” The settlement officially became Hodgenville on February 9, 1818. The Lincolns by this time were settled north of the Ohio River in southern Indiana.
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My dear Mr. Mather;
I want to renew the expression of my high appreciation of the services of the Lincoln Monument Commission, which had so large a part in the noble statue of my father at Hodgenville. Such a tribute to his memory by the people of the county and state in which the earliest years of his life were spent, has given me very great gratification, and I shall remember always the cordial good-will which surrounded me every moment during my visit.
I beg you will convey my heartfelt thanks to each of your associates.
Very sincerely your,
Robert T. Lincoln
A June 2, 1909, letter from Robert T. Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, to commission chairman Chris M. Mather.
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1809 — Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring Farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
1816 — Lincoln family moved from Kentucky.
1841 — Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1842 — Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.
1860 — Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 — Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1941.
Location. 37° 34.433′ N, 85° 44.425′ W. Marker is in Hodgenville, Kentucky, in Larue County. Marker is on Lincoln Blvd (Kentucky Route 210) north of West Main Street (Kentucky Route 2426), on the left when traveling south. Located on the North side of 'Lincoln Square' - downtown Hodgenville, Kentucky. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Miles South of this town Abraham Lincoln was born ... (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln - As - A - Boy Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Burned (within shouting distance of this marker); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (within shouting Hodgenville (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phillips Fort (approx. 0.6 miles away); An Idyllic Frontier Scene (approx. 3 miles away); An Enduring Symbol (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hodgenville.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 13. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.