Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1818-12-25
Death 1891-03-18
US
English

Biographical notes:

Herndon was a Springfield, Illinois lawyer, and the last law partner of Abraham Lincoln.

From the description of Letter, April 5, 1890. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 662739068

Abraham Lincoln's law partner and biographer.

From the description of ALS : to Benjamin Franklin Underwood, 1881 Oct. 29. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122617046

Springfield, Ill. lawyer, who had been Abraham Lincoln's law partner.

From the description of Notes, 1878. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 51747500

W.H. Herndon (1818-1891) was Abraham Lincoln's law partner and wrote a biography of Lincoln published in 1889.

From the description of Letter, 1869 Mar. 27, Springfield, Ill. [to] Mr. Hanks. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 19771770

Springfield, Illinois, lawyer and law partner of Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln biographer.

From the description of Law commonplace book, ca. 1849. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891176

From the description of Letter: Springfield, Ill., to Owen Clark, Milford, Conn., 1866 Nov. 16. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891208

From the description of Legal documents, 1867, 1868. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891195

From the description of Record of legal precedents, ca. 1854. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809583

From the description of Legal documents, 1849-1860, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809505

From the description of Legal documents, 1853, 1859. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809512

From the description of Legal documents, 1856-1861. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809515

From the description of Letter: Chinkapin Hill P.O., Sangamon Co., Ill., to Mr. Noyes, 1874 Feb. 4. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809522

From the description of Legal documents, 1851-1859. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809509

From the description of Letter: Springfield, Ill., to Owen Clark, Milford, Conn., 1866 Oct. 4. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809542

From the description of Legal document, 1848 June 6. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809497

From the description of Legal documents, 1848-1859. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809503

From the description of Legal documents, 1858, 1860, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809516

From the description of Legal document, [1849 Sept.] (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809500

From the description of Letters, 1847-1853. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809566

From the description of Letter and writing, 1887, 1888? (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809519

From the description of Letter: Springfield, Ill., to [Andrew] Boyd, 1867 Jan. 29. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891210

From the description of Legal documents, 1850-1853, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891191

From the description of Letter: Springfield, Ill., to Mr. Wood, 1856 Nov. 15. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891206

From the description of Legal document : Sangamon County Circuit Court, 1859 Oct. 28. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891181

From the description of Papers, 1866-1889. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891238

From the description of Letters, 1850-1887. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891218

From the description of Letter: Springfield, Ill., to Mr. Chatterton, 1875 May 1. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891203

From the description of Legal documents, 1830-1897, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891185

From the description of Legal documents, 1843-1865. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891190

From the description of Letters and note: Springfield, Ill., 1868-188? (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33891217

Junior law partner of Abraham Lincoln in 1844; author of Life of Lincoln.

From the description of ALS, 1890 Aug. 8-9, Springfield, Ill., to John Eleazer Remsburg. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122626001

Biographical Notes

William Henry Herndon

  • 1818 December 25: Born, Greensburg, Ky.
  • 1820: Moved to Illinois
  • 1821: Moved to Sangamon County, Ill.
  • 1825: Moved to Springfield, Ill.
  • 1836 - 1837 : Student, preparatory department, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • 1840: Married Mary Maxcy (died 1861)
  • 1844: Admitted to bar and formed law partnership with Abraham Lincoln
  • 1854: Elected mayor of Springfield, Ill.
  • 1862: Married Anna Miles
  • 1889: Coauthored with Jesse W. Weik Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (Chicago: Belford, Clarke. 3 vols.)
  • 1891 March 18: Died, Springfield, Ill.

Jesse William Weik

  • 1857 August 23: Born, Greencastle, Ind.
  • 1875: A.B., Indiana Asbury (now DePauw) University, Greencastle, Ind.
  • 1883: A.M., Indiana Asbury University, Greencastle, Ind.
  • 1880: Admitted to bar but never practiced
  • 1889: Coauthored with William H. Herndon Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (Chicago: Belford, Clarke. 3 vols.)
  • 1892: Published Abraham Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (New York: D. Appleton. 2 vols.), a revised edition of Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (Chicago: Belford, Clarke. 3 vols.)
  • 1930 August 18: Died

Abraham Lincoln

  • 1809 February 12: Born, Hardin County, Ky.
  • 1816: Moved to Indiana
  • 1830: Moved to Macon County, Ill.
  • 1831: Moved to New Salem, Ill.; employed as storekeeper
  • 1832: Served in Black Hawk War; became partner in Lincoln & Berry, a general store
  • 1833 - 1836 : Postmaster, New Salem, Ill.
  • 1834 - 1836 : Deputy county surveyor, Sangamon County, Ill.
  • 1834 - 1841 : Member, Illinois state legislature (Whig)
  • 1836: Licensed as attorney
  • 1837: Moved to Springfield and practiced law in partnership with John T. Stuart and later Stephen T. Logan
  • 1842: Married Mary Todd
  • 1844: Formed law partnership with William H. Herndon
  • 1847 - 1849 : Member, U.S. House of Representatives (Whig) from Illinois, Thirtieth Congress
  • 1849: Resumed law practice
  • 1856: Joined Republican party
  • 1858: Unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in opposition to Stephen A. Douglas
  • 1860: Elected president
  • 1864: Reelected president
  • 1865 April 14: Shot by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1865 April 15: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana, circa 1824-1933, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Slavery
  • Authors, American
  • Postal service--Censorship
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1856
  • Lincoln--Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • Lincoln--Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858--Sources
  • Slavery--Legal status of slaves in free states
  • Prohibited books
  • Law--Study and teaching
  • Slavery--History--Sources
  • Practice of law--Illinois--Springfield
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1860
  • Presidents--United States--Biography
  • Lawyers
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Lawyers--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • Lawyers--Springfield
  • Justices of the peace--Fees

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  • Lawyers
  • Biographers
  • Collector

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  • Springfield (Ill.) (as recorded)
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  • Illinois--Springfield (as recorded)
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