Famous Portrait Of Lincoln To Arrive At Marshall Co. Courthouse
The Lacon Home Journal – August 23rd, 2018
A famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Marshall County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 4. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at 122 N. Prairie St., Lacon. The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years. The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association Famous Portrait Of Lincoln To Arrive At Marshall Co. Courthouse (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.
The four organizations are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), which owns the glass-plate positives of Hesler’s Lincoln portrait. The ISHS is leading a statewide campaign to place a framed copy in a courthouse in each of Illinois’ 102 state’s bicentennial this year. “We are thrilled to be a part of this historic endeavor to honor Abraham Lincoln during the state’s bicentennial,” said Michael McCuskey, who is an ISBA Board Member, IJA Board Member, and judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit. “This image captures Lincoln as he prepares to transition from trial lawyer to presidential candidate.”
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