— "Looking for Lincoln" —"I had pleasant accommodations at Taylorville in company with Mr. Lincoln & Mr. Thorton," Circuit Judge David Davis once wrote from here.He found this town-the last county seat on his circuit route-to be "prettily laid out, & tastefully arranged with trees & shrubs." But pigs rummaging underneath the floor boards of the courthouse sometimes disrupted the Judge's courtroom. Once, it was so noisy that attorney Lincoln reportedly rose to his feet to demand a "writ of quietus" to abate the hog nuisance. Pigs seemed to be a theme for Lincoln here in Taylorville. In 1842 he represented James Masterson, whose herd of four hundred pigs escaped when a careless boy allowed the cows he was herding to break down a holding pen fence. Masterson lost seventy pigs worth a total of $350. Lincoln sued the negligent boy's father on behalf of Masterson. Lincoln lost. A jury (whose members probably had unpredictable children of their own) ruled that the boy's father was not liable for the son's negligence.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Placed By||Looking for Lincoln|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:05pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 302727 N 4380221|
|Decimal Degrees||39.54901667, -89.29591667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 32.941', W 89° 17.755'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 32' 56.46" N, 89° 17' 45.30" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 107 S Washington St, Taylorville IL 62568, US|
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