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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Legal brief in the case of Robert Orr versus Andrew Orr]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08881 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: 22 November 1841 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 15.4 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Lincoln serves as a lawyer in the case of Robert versus Andrew Orr. Signed "Lincoln & Stuart," indicating that Lincoln oversaw the case with John Todd Stuart, his first law partner. The plaintiff of the case indicates that promissory notes "were given on and for goods and valuable consideration..."

Background Information: Stuart was active in national and Illinois state politics. He served as a Representative from Illinois 1839-1842 and 1863-1864.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Stuart, John Todd, 1807-1885

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentLaw

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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