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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Lincoln at the Bar: Extant Case Files from the U.S. District and Circuit Courts, Southern District of Illinois 1855-1861

Summary

This collection consists of the extant files of cases from the records of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts at Springfield with which Abraham Lincoln has been identified as legal counsel, and date from 1855 to 1861.

 

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Date Range: 1855-1861
Content: 7,000 pages
Source Library: US National Archives

Description

Consists of the extant files of cases from the records of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts at Springfield with which Abraham Lincoln has been identified as legal counsel, and date from 1855 to 1861. No surviving files predate 1855, when Illinois was divided into two judicial districts and Senior Judge Thomas Drummond was reassigned to the new court at Chicago. The existing records of the Springfield court, including Lincoln's court work, were transferred to Chicago with Drummond and later were destroyed in the great fire of 1871 as were the records of the Chicago court. The records of the Springfield court reproduced here are the only case files identified with Lincoln that survive in the official records of the federal district and circuit courts. The 122 case files reproduced here include civil actions brought under both statute and common law, admiralty litigation, and a few criminal cases. District court files and circuit court files are separate series, each numbered and arranged chronologically. Most documents within the case files are arranged by date of filing; undated documents are placed at the end of the file. Types of documents found in the case files include complaints, indictments, pleas, recognizances, depositions, affidavits, subpoenas, writs, orders of the court, petitions, warrants, bonds, jury verdicts, and other papers filed with the courts.

 

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