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Abraham Lincoln, lawyer (Lincoln’s Hat Activity)-- Abraham Lincoln's Law Partners and Friends

. . . Abraham Lincoln traveled around the countryside on his horse, Bob, or later would have the comfort of a "not so fancy" buggy.  He didn't take a large trunk of clothes, books or supplies, didn't have an S-U-V, or such convenience to carry his papers and necessary books.  He would have to pack the books and larger items in smaller sized saddle bags

. . .but legal documents and papers were stored in the lining of his tall hat.  This was a safe place and very convenient.   This Activity is Dedicated to Abe Lincoln's tall hat, and all cases that he won, or lost.

. . . Choose as many cases as you would like to hear, and then be the Judge.  Judge Davis was the judge of the 8th Circuit, in which most of these cases were heard.  Some cases are about business dealings, some about property ownership, some about Murder!  You need to make sure the trial is fair, only the truth is said, and that the jury (if there is one) decides on their own.  You don't want any outside influence on the Jury's decision.  In some cases you, the Judge, will have to decide guilt or innocence, or who gets the property.  Remember:  a person is innocent until proven guilty.  The state has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lincoln's Friends and Associates on the 8th Circuit

Abe's Competitors

John Palmer

John Stuart

Judge David Davis

Judge John Reynolds

Judge Lawrence Weldon

Judge Stephen Douglas

Samuel Treat

Stephen Logan

William "Billy" Herndon

Abraham Lincoln

Below, left, James Hobbit, the last man to be cross-examined by Lincoln

Upper, Right, Robert Hitt, the first official stenographer in Illinois

Click Here for a Form to Record the Decision:

Choose Your Case
CASE # 1
 William  "Duff"
Armstrong Moonshine Murder Case

CASE # 3
"Chicken Bone" Case
CASE # 2
Mrs. Goings Murder Case

CASE #4 
Matson Slave Trial

Check out  the Matson Slave Trial Drama Activity

To Give Your Case a True Lincoln Feeling, these photos are from the old
 Macon County Courthouse (Log) with really nice furniture ready for Judge, Defense and Prosecuting Attorneys, and audience.  Abraham Lincoln was very popular with area people when he would hold court.  The room would be filled.  He was a very serious lawyer, very smart, a good detective, and knew the law.  He was known to tell a story that directly related to the case and people involved.


During the recesses, and lunch Abraham was known to visit with the young people outside the courthouse and play a little stick ball.  No wonder most people loved and respected this unusual country lawyer.

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