While traveling on the circuit, decent lodging for attorneys was a hit-or-miss proposition. Some hotels had just one private room, which the judge usually claimed, and open rooms, where everyone else slept. Also called taverns, locals would gather to learn of the latest news and fashions from the travelers.
John W. Ewing was in succession: a farmer, hotel-keeper, manufacturer, and politician. His Scots-Irish family had lived in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The Stevensons and Ewings intermarried bringing the Ewing name into the Adlai E. Stevenson political dynasty. Ewing ran the hotel from 1844 to about 1850. He partnered with William Flagg in reaper manufacturing, where he crossed paths with Cyrus McCormick. Ewing, a Democrat, ran a losing race against Ashael Gridley for Illinois Senate and was elected fifth mayor of Bloomington. Ewing's son, James, grew up knowing Lincoln. After the 1860 election he met Lincoln on the street. Lincoln said to Ewing. "So, you have become a lawyer, my advice to you is to stick to the law and keep out of politics."
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 3:00pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 330967 N 4482791|
|Decimal Degrees||40.47861667, -88.99416667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 28.717', W 88° 59.65'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 28' 43.02" N, 88° 59' 39.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 104 W Front St, Bloomington IL 61701, US|
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