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Lincoln Document Presentation

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo of Abraham Lincoln 1858

On Wednesday, February 12th, starting at 5:00PM TCGHS will commemorate Lincoln’s Birthday by presenting a program “Every document can lead to a story – A tale of three Tremont men that crossed paths with Lincoln.”  Tazewell County Clerk & Recorder John Ackerman and TCGHS’ Susan Rynerson will lead the discussion.

The document is a mortgage recorded in a record book by the Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds Office on September 10th, 1844, for 234 acres of farmland currently located at the Southwest corner of the intersection of Allentown and Springfield Road in rural Tremont. The owner of this property in 1844, John H. & Isabella W. Morrison, presented this mortgage to Abraham Lincoln as collateral until they paid off a debt of $284.94 owed for legal services Abraham Lincoln and his legal partner Stephen T. Logan provided. John H. Morrison was the third Tazewell County Clerk, serving from 1836 – 1847, including the time this Mortgage document was filed with the Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds Office. In addition to Abraham Lincoln and John Morrison, also listed on the document and part of the discussion on Wednesday is Abraham Lincoln’s legal partner Stephen T. Logan, John H. Morrison’s neighbor Littleton Garth, and witness to the document Benjamin James whose father was one of the founders of the Village of Tremont.

The 1844 Mortgage document will be available for free Public Viewing on Wednesday, February 12th, from 8:00am to 4:30pm in the Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds Office. The free public presentation by John C. Ackerman and Susan Rynerson will start at 5:00pm at the Ehrlicher Research Center, 719 N 11th Street in Pekin. Both events are free and open to the public.


February 12
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Ehrlicher Research Center
719 N 11th Street
Pekin, IL 61554 United States
(309) 477-3044


309 477-3044