Kersey Fell's desk was used in his Phoenix office, the site where Jesse Fell first asked Lincoln to write and autobiography. The autobiography would provide information about the man who so ably debated the nation's leading Democrat, Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas. The autobiography was enhanced by Jesse Fell, of Bloomington, and Joseph W. Lewis, of Westchester, Pennsylvania. Lewis' brother was the editor of the Bloomington Pantagraph. It was originally published in Pennsylvania and provided the nation with the first details of Lincoln's life.
"Mr. Lincoln is probably the fairest and most honest political speaker in the country," wrote the Bloomington Daily Pantagraph the day after he delivered his last major speech to a capacity audience in Phoenix Hall, before his nomination to the presidency. "Several of his home thrusts, last night, went through the sophisms and duplicities of the Shamocracy with a terribly damaging offset." This April 10, 1860 speech attacked Stephen Douglas's support of Popular Sovereignty.
Lincoln represented Dr. Crothers (at right) and Dr. Rogers in the "Chicken Bone Case," named for his use of such bones in his plea to the jury. Lincoln said to the plaintiff, "I would advise you to get down on your knees and thank your Heavenly Father...that you have any legs to stand on..." Dr. Crothers' office was in the building on the far left.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:58am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 330999 N 4482905|
|Decimal Degrees||40.47965000, -88.99381667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 28.779', W 88° 59.629'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 28' 46.74" N, 88° 59' 37.74" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 W Washington St, Bloomington IL 61701, US|
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