By 1856, Asahel Gridley was coming off his success as land agent for the Illinois Central Railroad; had acquired full ownership of the McLean County Bank and moved into his new bank building (pictured on the left). This Italianate building, restored in 1994, was built to house the bank. While running the bank, Gridley's business interests expanded. He took control of the gas manufacturing plant and expanded its production and customer base. Gridley had an unfailing ability to make money from new technologies, coupled with a deep understanding of finance. Lincoln, who represented the Illinois Central Railroad in many matters and was also engaged with Gridley in other legal work, often visited here.
An impatient Asahel Gridley telegraphed to Lincoln on December 12, 1859, "Hon. A. Lincoln When will you come The Flagg case wants attention A.Gridley"
Telegraphy, electric communication with simple code, was the email of the pr-Civil War era. Sets of long and short signals were sent through copper wire. The signals were codes that represented letters of the alphabet. messages sent were written out in longhand by the telegraph operator. The message, called a telegram, was then personally delivered by hand to the recipient of the message. The first telegraph was installed in Bloomington in 1853. Gridley was an investor in the local company. Lincoln became familiar with telegraphy in his legal practice, which led to his deep use of it during his presidency.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:47pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 331038 N 4482789|
|Decimal Degrees||40.47861667, -88.99333333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 28.717', W 88° 59.6'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 28' 43.02" N, 88° 59' 36.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 E Front St, Bloomington IL 61701, US|
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