Herndon Doorplate

In 1844, following the dissolution of his partnership with Stephen T. Logan, Abraham Lincoln embarked on his longest and most successful business partnership with a lawyer 9 years his junior, William H. Herndon. This doorplate comes from the Herndon family home in Springfield, which was located on 2nd street between Jefferson and Madison.

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A Lawyer’s Library

As active lawyers, Abraham Lincoln and William H. Herndon needed to stay up-to-date on the new and changing laws of the growing state of Illinois. With Herndon’s assistance, the partners amassed a full collection of annual volumes listing state laws and supreme court decisions. This volume is from their library and includes all laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1846.

Gift of Carolyn Oxtoby, 2002

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