A “Favorite” Lies Here
William Herndon Lincoln's last law partner and biographer, described John Hanks saying "Lincoln loved this man, thought him beautiful, honest, and noble. Lincoln stated this to me over and over again." Hanks would
Unlike his cousin, John Hanks was unable to master the art of reading and writing. This handicap caused Hanks later concern with Lincoln. During the 1860 presidential election, Democrats claimed that Hanks was not going to vote for Lincoln. Richard Oglesby then helped Hanks write a letter stating the rumor was untrue and that he supported Lincoln, "a man so honest under all circumstances for his whole life." Once Lincoln was elected President, he was besieged by people seeking political jobs. Hanks was among these, asking Lincoln for a job as an Indian Agent. Lincoln had wanted to give him the position but had to deny it after Hanks could not fill out the paperwork. Eventually Hanks enlisted in the 21st Illinois Infantry and was made a Wagoner, a position that did not require him to be literate.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 53.027′ N, 88° 59.84′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Getting There from Here (approx. 3.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Richard J. Oglesby Mansion (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lincoln's Decatur Ally (approx. 3.4 miles away); Choosing a President (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Transfer House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Macon County's First Court House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's First Political Speech (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
Also see . . . A Favorite Lies Here Speedlearner YouTube. This link will take you to a video I made about this sign. Feel free to watch. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 28, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.