Lincoln, Illinois: Honest Abe Courthouse

In 1843 Abraham Lincoln was said to have earned his "Honest Abe" nickname as a lawyer when he refused to continue representing a deceitful client in this court. Historical marker and information sign out front.

Postville Courthouse

Address:
914 5th St., Lincoln, IL
Directions:
Postville Courthouse. Downtown. On the north side of US-55 BUS/5th St., between S. Monroe and S. Madison Sts.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 12-4 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Donations welcome.
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Postville Courthouse Site

Abraham Lincoln practiced law at this courthouse twice a year for 25 years and supposedly earned the moniker "Honest Abe" during a trial in 1843. The town was named Postville until it was rechristened Lincoln in 1865.

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