Monthly Archives: January 2015

William W. Edwards (Lincoln College of Law)

William Wirt Edwards (1853-1930) was the founder and first dean of Springfield’s Lincoln College of Law.

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Lincoln College of Law

The Lincoln College of Law educated prospective lawyers, mostly in night classes, for more than 40 years in Springfield. Many graduates went on to distinguished legal careers. The school opened on Sept. 4, 1911, sharing space that first year with … Continue reading

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Rotary Club of Springfield

Rotary Club of Springfield, Illinois – the city’s original Rotary group and one of five local Rotarys in existence as of 2015 – held an organizational meeting, attended by 23 prospective members, on June 24, 1913, according to A Century … Continue reading

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Sangamon County in 1837

The following description of Sangamon County is taken from Illinois in 1837: A Sketch by H.L. Ellsworth (Philadelphia, 1837); spelling and punctuation from the original. Note that, two years after this was written, the Illinois General Assembly reduced Sangamon County … Continue reading

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Sangamon County Historical Society

Historic preservation was the impetus for the founding of the Sangamon County Historical Society more than 50 years ago. Specifically, the founders wanted to preserve the Old State Capitol. The impetus came from members of the Springfield Historic Monuments Commission … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s pallbearers

UPDATED with information from Lincoln’s Springfield: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln, by Richard Hart (2015). Some confusion exists regarding who were the pallbearers for President Abraham Lincoln in May 1865 in Springfield. Springfield newspapers published two slightly different lists preceding … Continue reading

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Allen Cole (sheriff, 1933-34)

Allen Cole succeeded Samuel Metcalf as Sangamon County sheriff following Metcalf’s dismissal on grounds of insanity. See Sheriff’s ouster, 1933.

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Samuel T. Metcalf (ousted sheriff)

Samuel Metcalf was dismissed as Sangamon County sheriff on grounds of insanity in 1933. See Sheriff’s ouster, 1933.

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Sheriff’s ouster, 1933

Sangamon County Sheriff Samuel T. Metcalf (1867-1945) was ousted from office in 1933 on the grounds of insanity, a condition apparently brought on by a head injury Metcalf suffered in a fistfight with an Illinois State Journal police reporter. The … Continue reading

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