Bloomington was growing rapidly by 1836 when William Allin, Asahel Gridley, and David Prickett laid out an addition in the northeast section of the city. Among those who obtained 2 lots was William Florville (or de Fleurville), who was briefly a resident of Bloomington before moving to Peoria and then returning to Springfield. According to Prickett's son Thomas, his father gave Florville the lots in return for shaving David Prickett, a Springfield lawyer and politician, for life. Eventually, Florville owned lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 (two at the southwest corner of Main and Locust streets and two at the southeast corner of Locust and Center Street.
Lincoln's best known African-American friend, William Florville (sometimes de Fleurville) was born in Cape Haitian, Haiti, September 7, 1807. He emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, about 1820, where he learned to become a barber. he emigrated to Illinois where he met Abraham Lincoln in 1831. Settling in Springfield, he quickly became a popular barber and included among his clients Lincoln, almost always referred to by the latter as "Billy the Barber." He lived briefly in Bloomington as attested by the following March 1838 Peoria newspaper advertisement: William Florville, lately from Springfield, Ill., and more recently from Bloomington..." had relocated to Peoria where he invited "strangers and travelers" to allow him "to take them by the nose" at his Temple of Fashion" as he called his barber shop. Florville returned to Springfield in the autumn.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:33am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 331005 N 4483406|
|Decimal Degrees||40.48416667, -88.99388333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 29.05', W 88° 59.633'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 29' 3.00" N, 88° 59' 37.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 622 N Main St, Bloomington IL 61701, US|
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