"Hoffman's Row" was considered "a striking and handsome improvement" over other buildings in early Springfield. It consisted of six two-storied contiguous brick sections that ran north up Fifty street to the middle of this block. A second floor room in the fifth section was the law office of Stuart and Lincoln. Furnishings were a small lounge, a chair, a buffalo robe, a wooden bench, bookcase, and table "which answered for a desk."In Lincoln's world there were few schools in which to study law and politics. For most young men, a mentor was indispensable. Lincoln's first was John Todd Stuart—-an educated Kentucky aristocrat who was two years. Lincoln's senior (and a first cousin to Mary Todd, the future Mrs. Lincoln. Stuart met Lincoln as a militia officer during the Black Hawk War, and worked with him as a state legislator in Vandalia. Impressed by Lincoln's demeanor and intelligence, he encouraged Lincoln to study law. He also guided Lincoln into the circles of political leadership. In the 1850s they became politically estranged when Stuart refused to join the antislavery Republican party after the demise of the Whig party.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:00am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273177 N 4409147|
|Decimal Degrees||39.80206667, -89.64945000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 48.124', W 89° 38.967'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 48' 7.44" N, 89° 38' 58.02" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 111 NW Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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