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Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois. Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story. Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with. This wayside exhibit marks the exact spot of the historical Hamilton house, that Abraham Lincoln allegedly stayed at in 1839.

Hamilton House Wayside Exhibit

Outdoor bench, Plant, Street furniture, Tree

In 1839, Abraham Lincoln was hired as a defendant's counsel for the Fraim murder trial. Another wayside exhibit, Lincoln's Failed Murder Case, discusses this case and the process that Lincoln and Fraim went through. As for the Hamilton House, Abraham Lincoln is rumored to stay their while fighting for this case. Though his only case in Carthage was the Fraim case, he did serve on cases for the Illinois State Supreme Court. The owner of the house, Artois Hamilton, was suing a debtor for payment and Abraham Lincoln was apart as well. Lincoln worked to persuade the Supreme Court to disregard a County verdict that favored Hamilton.

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