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Mr. Lincoln and the Lincoln Christian Church          Send a link to a friend

Dear Editor:

Recent articles in the Courier, Pantagraph and State Journal-Register have reported on the claim by some Lincolnites that evidence shows Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the Lincoln Christian Church. I acknowledge that some of Mr. Lincoln's 1858 cases are valid circumstantial evidence that appear to support that claim, but that more analysis by "outside experts" is needed. Also, I dispute the validity of recently rediscovered information as credible evidence in this matter.

Overall, my position is that there is a high probability that Mr. Lincoln practiced law in the Lincoln Christian Church, but that more research can and should be done to gather the most convincing evidence.

I explain my position more fully in an article titled "Did Mr. Lincoln Practice Law in the Christian Church of Lincoln, Illinois?" Your readers can access it at http://www.geocities.com/
. This essay specifies the additional research that I recommend, and the essay has some great photos, including one of the celebrated historian-judge Lawrence B. Stringer and one provided by Fred Blanford showing an early 20th-century group of the Lincoln Christian Church.


Darold Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English
Missouri State University

[Posted September 19, 2007]

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