Happy Birthday President Lincoln

As our country honor’s the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, many are promoting the places President Abraham Lincoln visited.  The following is taken from City Historian Leone Schmidt’s response to the question of whether or not Lincoln was ever in Warrenville, originally published in the Warrenville Digest on August 26, 1993, and reprinted in the pamphlet “Ask the Historian.”  “Ask the Historian,” as well as For the Honor of our Flag, a book written by Leone Schmidt about Lincoln’s friend  Mason Brayman, can be purchased at the Museum.

“There was a close association between Abraham Lincoln and Mason Brayman, who lived in Warrenville in the 1850s.  Brayman  settled in Springfield in 1842, when Lincoln was finishing his third term in the state legislature.  Both were highly regarded practicing attorneys.  Governor Ford chose Brayman to revise and codify the state statutes in 1844, and later to direct the conciliation efforts between the Mormons and their Nauvoo neighbors.  While Lincoln was away in Washington for the 1847-48 term in Congress, the Braymans leased Lincoln’s home.

“After drafting its charter in February 1851, as general solicitor for the emerging Illinois Central Railroad, Brayman’s task was to acquire right-of-way.  The first attorney he hired was his friend, Abraham Lincoln.  Brayman’s association with the IC was over in four years when construction was completed, and he opened a law practice in Chicago.  Lincoln, however, was trying its cases until he was elected President.

“It was in 1852 that Brayman first bought property in Warrenville.  The family moved to the home at 3S476 Fourth Street the next year, and his eldest daughter, Ada attended the Seminary located next to their house.  No record has been uncovered to indicate that Lincoln ever was a guest in the Brayman home,    although the possibility exists.  Meanwhile, I don’t think Warrenville can post a road sign declaring ‘LINCOLN SLEPT HERE.’”

Today, February 12th is also President Lincoln’s birthday.  He was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 12 in 1809.  Celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday with a special program at the Warrenville library today at 2:00pm-see http://bit.ly/AeFl3h for more information.  After this informative program, stop by the Museum which will be open from 1:00-4:00pm today.

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