As a deputy county surveyor, Lincoln conducted surveys throughout the area in the mid-1830s, laying out thirty-three properties, five towns and three roads. Surveying positions were political patronage appointments in Lincoln's day. Most area residents were Democrats. Indeed, it was a prominent Democrat who in 1833 appointed Lincoln deputy surveyor. Later, as Lincoln rose to prominence as a Whig, he and his old friends in these parts drifted apart politically.
Sticks and branches, thorns and briars took a heavy toll on the clothes of "landlookers"—-as surveyors were called in Lincoln's time. Lincoln once received a surveying fee in buckskins. These he promptly gave to Hannah Armstrong who used them to "fox" his pants (sewing the skins into a protective covering similar to cowboy chaps). Another time, Lincoln sat on the bed of Rhoda Clary, wrapped modestly in the covers, while she mended his torn breeches. "Landlookers" endured cold winds and frozen limbs in winter; smothering humid heat and swarms of insects in summer. But the knowledge of people and places acquired in their travels could be valuable to ambitious men. At least one other American president endured the physical hardships and experience of frontier surveying as a young man—-Lincoln's illustrious predecessor, George Washington.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 8:22am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 256795 N 4432805|
|Decimal Degrees||40.01043333, -89.84940000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 0.626', W 89° 50.964'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 0' 37.56" N, 89° 50' 57.84" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 S 7th St, Petersburg IL 62675, US|
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