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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html


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Matheny, James H. (1818-90).

Matheny grew up in Springfield, where his father held the important position of county clerk. At the age of fifteen he worked as a clerk in the Post Office and the office of the recorder, later serving as a court clerk. Matheny was one of the young men of the town who attached themselves to AL when he first came to Springfield and was a groomsman at AL's wedding in 1842. Like AL, he was an ardent Whig and an enthusiastic admirer of Henry Clay, even leading an expedition to Kentucky in 1840 to hear the great man speak. Admitted to the Illinois bar as a young man, Matheny was active in the courts of Sangamon and adjoining counties. Douglas charged in the 1858 debates that Matheny had acknowledged in a speech that AL and Trumbull conspired to "abolitionize" Illinois Whigs and Democrats, a charge that AL denied. In 1872 Matheny embarrassed WHH by publicly recanting, under pressure, some things he had once told WHH about AL's early religious beliefs. In 1873 he was elected county judge. (Power; History of Sangamon County. HSC; The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia; Donald)

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html
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