Historians and scholars have long argued about what proved to be the decisive factor—-the almanac, the summation, expert testimony—-in Duff Armstrong's acquittal. However, there is nearly unanimous agreement that the trial allowed Abraham Lincoln to demonstrate his considerable skills, ranging from his masterful use of the legal system for his client's advantage to his brilliant oratorical prowess. Lincoln's brilliance as a lawyer that was so well demonstrated in Beardstown was but a prologue to his skill as the nation's leader.
Matters more prosaic than the "Almanac" trial brought Abraham Lincoln to Beardstown's Cass County Courthouse many times. For instance, Lincoln defended Charles Reynolds in a rent dispute, represented Jonathan Gill in a divorce case, and sued the Illinois River and Peoria and Hannibal railroads on behalf of local railroad promoter Charles Sprague. This type of work provided Lincoln with an income, while helping bolster his reputation. Lincoln's attorney friend, Henry Dummer lived in Beardstown. Lincoln met Dummer when the young Lincoln borrowed law books for study from Demmer's Springfield firm. Lincoln succeeded Dummer as John T. Stuart's partner when Dummer moved to Beardstown. The two developed a close personal and professional relationship and corresponded after Lincoln was elected president. In 1864, Dummer attended the Republican Convention in Baltimore that nominated Lincoln for a second term.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:16pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 718994 N 4432733|
|Decimal Degrees||40.01641667, -90.43398333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 0.985', W 90° 26.039'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 0' 59.10" N, 90° 26' 2.34" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 W 3rd St, Beardstown IL 62618, US|
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