Looking for Lincoln in Clinton, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln traveled to DeWitt County twice a year between 1839 and 1859 to practice law on the 8th Judicial Circuit and to visit with friends.  In fact, Lincoln visited Clinton, Illinois, over 100 times during his career.  Abe’s most influential colleague in Clinton was Clifton Moore.  Moore was an attorney who lived in Clinton and shared a love of reading with Lincoln.  Moore owned an extensive book collection and often loaned Abe books to read on his journeys.  Moore also supported Lincoln’s political career including organizing a Republican Barbecue with Abraham Lincoln as the main speaker.

The national park passport cancellation stamp for the Lincoln Heritage Area is at the C.H. Moore Homestead/DeWitt County Museum.  Although Lincoln never visited this particular house, it did once belong to the Moore family.  The beautiful, two-story library with its unique, round, custom-made bookcases, as well as the extremely knowledgable docent, is worth taking time to visit the museum.

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