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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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Stuart, John Todd (1807-85).

Perhaps the person most responsible for AL's choice of law as a career, Stuart was born near Lexington, Kentucky, and was related to both Mary Todd and Stephen T. Logan. After graduation from Centre College and law study, Stuart moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1828. He met AL in the Black Hawk War of 1832 and encouraged his political ambitions. When AL began his first term in the Illinois General Assembly in 1834, Stuart, then in his second term, served as AL's legislative mentor and encouraged him to study law. In 1837 AL moved from New Salem to Springfield to become Stuart's law partner and ran the firm single-handedly while Stuart was in Congress. Their partnership was dissolved amicably in 1841. Though both were strong Whigs and close political allies for many years, with the breakup of the Whig party in the 1850s AL and Stuart diverged. He declined to support AL either for the senate or the presidency and successfully ran for Congress as a Democrat in 1862. During the Civil War he supported the Union, though he was unsympathetic to emancipation. After the Civil War he was for years a director of the National Lincoln Monument Association. (ALE; DAB)

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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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