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Mordecai Mobley (1828 pioneers)

Mordecai Mobley was an early merchant who had a store on Jefferson Street west of First Street, according to John Todd Stuart’s recollection of 1828 Springfield. (The store is listed as No. 11 on the reconstructed map of 1828 Springfield.) … Continue reading

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Asa Shaw

Asa S. Shaw, a native of New York, was justice of the peace in 1828 Springfield. John Todd Stuart in 1881 recalled Shaw as “possessed of a very strong intellect, good judgment and superior business qualifications,” but said Shaw “succumbed … Continue reading

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Mack, Frank and Mary “Polly” Shelby

Mack and Frank Shelby, ages 27 and 29, respectively, bought a lot at the southwest corner of Third and Washington streets in 1826, according to the Early African American Population of Springfield Illinois by Richard E. Hart (2008). Mack was … Continue reading

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Thomas Strawbridge (1828 pioneers)

Thomas Strawbridge (1798-1880) was a saddler and harness maker. He lived with his sister, Mary Anderson, on the northwest corner of Fifth and Jefferson streets in 1828, according to the reconstructed map of 1828 Springfield (the site is listed as … Continue reading

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John Todd Stuart

John Todd Stuart (1807-85) was Abraham Lincoln’s first law partner, a cousin of Mary Lincoln, a three-term U.S. representative and an influential resident of Springfield for 57 years. Stuart was born in Kentucky and moved to Springfield, already a lawyer, … Continue reading

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Col. John Taylor (1828 pioneers)

Col. John Taylor (1780-1849) was a pioneer merchant, land speculator and Sangamon County official, serving as the county’s first sheriff and as county treasurer during the 1820s. He was one of the four original proprietors of Springfield in 1824, along … Continue reading

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Dr. John Todd

John Todd (1787-1865) was Mary Lincoln’s uncle and the de facto patriarch of the Springfield Todds. Born near Lexington, Ky., Todd received an excellent education, first becoming one of the earliest graduates of Transylvania University in Lexington, then graduating from the … Continue reading

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Springfield in 1828 (map)

The map above, which gives a sense of Springfield’s layout in 1828, is a reconstruction based on two primary sources: the reminiscences of Zimri Enos, contained in Papers in Illinois History and Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society for … Continue reading

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Hooper Warren (1828 pioneers)

Hooper Warren (1790-1864) was a peripatetic journalist who edited Springfield’s first newspaper and played an important role in keeping slavery out of Illinois. His stay in Springfield, however, was brief. Warren had made the Edwardsville Spectator, which he edited from … Continue reading

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John Williams (1828 pioneers)

John Williams (1808-90) was an early Springfield merchant and later, according to his Illinois State Journal obituary, a banker, railroad developer, mine owner and farmer. A friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln, Williams later was a member of the … Continue reading

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