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Mahomet in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Champaign County's Lincoln

 

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Top Section - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
1. Top Section - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker
(Click on any photo to see the details.)
Inscription.
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Champaign County was always on Lincolnís circuit. Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 20 years of his life practicing law on the 8th Judicial Circuit, traveling from one county seat to another. Even as the circuit shrank while population grew (from 8 counties in 1841 to 15 counties in 1845 to 8 in 1853 to 5 in 1857) the county seat of Urbana in Champaign County was always on Lincolnís circuit. Each fall and spring, Lincoln traveled the dusty roads, on horseback or by carriage from Decatur to Urbana to Danville often with a group of lawyers and a judge assisting in whatever civil and criminal cases were before the court.
Lincoln unsuccessfully defended the first person accused of murder in Champaign County. Ironically, the defendant escaped shortly after the trial. He defended the interests of the Illinois Central Railroad at the Urbana courthouse. All the while Lincoln was becoming a familiar face in the county and a friend to many early residents.

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Lincoln not only practiced law, he also politicked in Champaign County when he heard about the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, and spoke against it. Lincoln spoke for Fremont (in his presidential campaign against Buchanan) at an all day rally in Urbana. In his famous senatorial campaign against Stephen
Close-up Photo - - ' Abraham Lincoln ' image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
2. Close-up Photo - - ' Abraham Lincoln '
The marker's photo text reads: " When Samuel Alschuler, an Urbana photographer; met Abraham Lincoln he was wearing a linen jacket. The photographer suggested that he should wear his black coat. Lincoln replied that he left his black coat at home. Alschuler loaned Lincoln a black jacket with a velvet collar. Legend has it the arms were about a foot short and “Lincoln laughed at the misfit.” This was the fourth known photograph Lincoln had ever posed for."
Douglas, Lincoln gave an impassioned defense of his “House Divided” speech at the county courthouse. Douglas had spoken on the last day of the county fair, September 23, 1858. Although the fair was over, Lincoln spoke the next day to nearly as many people. Enthusiast escorted Lincoln in a full-scale parade from the Doane House to the fairgrounds to the courthouse. By the 1860 Presidential election, all townships, save Stanton, would vote for Lincoln.
 
Erected by The Dodds Family Descendents of Benjamin Franklin Harris.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 40° 12.335′ N, 88° 23.644′ W. Marker is in Mahomet, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker can be reached from Lake of the Woods Country Park Road east of Route 47. Touch for map. located at (the Entrance Door of) the "Early American Museum". The museum is located due North on State Road 47 from Mahomet, Illinois - a short distance after crossing I-74. Marker is in this post office area: Mahomet IL 61853, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln's Mahomet / Mahomet's Lincoln (approx. 1.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District
Bottom Section - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
3. Bottom Section - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker
(approx. 6.7 miles away); Champaign's Lincoln (approx. 10.2 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 10.2 miles away); Lincoln & Photography (approx. 11.7 miles away); Urbana's Lincoln (approx. 11.8 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 11.8 miles away); Railroads Bring Change (approx. 13.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mahomet.
 
Also see . . .
1. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincolnís buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois,
Close-up Photo - - The Third Courthouse in Urbana image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
4. Close-up Photo - - The Third Courthouse in Urbana
The marker's photo text reads: " Shown here is the third courthouse in Urbana which may have been built around the brick core of the second courthouse. Lincoln practiced law in the second courthouse, and explained his "House Divided" speech here."
to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

4. Official Web Site - - "Early American Museum" ::. A number of helpful items and links that will assist in visiting the "Early American Museum". (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Full View - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
5. Full View - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker
Wide View - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
6. Wide View - - Champaign County's Lincoln Marker
Sign - Early American Museum image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
7. Sign - Early American Museum
Early American Museum -&- Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 7, 2009
8. Early American Museum -&- Marker
Click photo to see the details - the marker is on the left side of the buildings front door.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,205 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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