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Presentation of Lincoln Portrait - Hamilton County
Hamilton County Courthouse
100 S. Jackson Street
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Monday, October 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST
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To commemorate the Illinois bicentennial, the Illinois Judges Association and Illinois Judges Foundation boards,  the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Bar Foundation boards and the Illinois State Historical Society approved a joint project to oversee and pay for the installation of a magnificent photograph of lawyer Abraham Lincoln in every one of the state’s 102 counties by the end of 2018.

The lifelike canvas photograph in a rich stained-wood frame is a clear and commanding portrait of Lincoln at 30” x 40”. Lincoln considered the photograph his favorite.

The Illinois State Historical Society owns the glass-plate positive image made from a long gone original negative. The beardless Lincoln sat for the Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, at the Old State Capital in Springfield.  Anyone who has seen the reproduction will agree with the ISHS that it “is perhaps the finest pre-presidential image of Lincoln ever taken.” 

The portraits are to be placed in public view for years to come, recalling   Lincoln the lawyer, the leader, and the man, as well as our participating organizations.

The presentation is scheduled at the Hamilton County courthouse, 100 S. Jackson Street, McLeansboro, IL at 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018 and all members of IJA are invited and encouraged to attend.