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Decatur in Macon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A “Favorite” Lies Here

 
 
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By Ted Hickox, March 28, 2011
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Inscription. John Hanks was born in 1802 in Kentucky, he was a second cousin of Abraham Lincoln through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. John Hanks stated that he first knew Lincoln when he was a boy of twelve in Spencer County, Indiana. However, it was not long until John Hanks became a favorite relation of Lincoln's. Hanks left Indiana in 1826 and moved to Macon County in 1828. It was through Hank's letters to Thomas Lincoln that Thomas finally "pulled up stakes" and moved to Macon County. Hanks then helped build the Lincoln's first cabin in Illinois. He would remain involved in Abraham Lincoln's personal and professional life. Lincoln would sometimes stay at the Hanks family home whenever he was in town for court. Hanks family tradition holds that he was the only person on Lincoln's family side to be invited to Lincoln's marriage to Mary Todd. Hanks influence is also seen in episodes associated with Lincoln's political rise, including Lincoln's first political speech and the "Railsplitter Candidate" campaign of 1860. Hanks died in 1889 at the age of 87. He is buried here at the Boiling Springs Cemetery.

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

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repay Lincoln's trust in him by accompanying him on visits to his beloved stepmother Sarah, near Charleston, Illinois. At that time Sarah cried, afraid she would never see Abraham alive again, a prophecy that John Hanks was to sadly confirm when he went to Springfield to attend Lincoln's funeral.

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.
 
Erected 2009.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 39° 53.027′ N, 88° 59.84′ 

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By Ted Hickox, March 28, 2011
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W. Marker is in Decatur, Illinois, in Macon County. Marker is on Boiling Spring Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker can be found at the Boiling Spring Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur IL 62526, United States of America.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesEducationWar, US Civil
 
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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 597 times since then and 43 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.
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