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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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Gillespie, Joseph (1809-85).

A special legal and political friend of AL whose acquaintance dated from the Black Hawk War, Gillespie observed AL for more than thirty years and served with him in a variety of capacities. A protégé of Cyrus Edwards in Edwardsville, he attended Transylvania University at Edwards's urging and studied law with him before his admission to the Illinois bar in 1836. Gillespie served in the General Assembly in 1840-41 and 1846-58, practiced law in Madison County, and between 1861 and 1873 was judge of the Twenty-fourth Circuit. Gillespie and AL were associated professionally through their Supreme Court practice, and they were both involved in the promotion of the Republican party in Illinois. His political pilgrimage from Whig to Republican, aside from his Know-Nothing interlude in the mid-1850s, was very similar to AL's. Gillespie was of particular service to AL in the senatorial campaign of 1858, and AL attested that their relationship was one of complete trust. (Frederic B. Crossley, Courts and Lawyers of Illinois [Chicago, 1916]; HEI)

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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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