01 October 2010

Lincoln In The Davenport House?

During our tour of the Col. George Davenport house on Rock Island, Illinois, the docent, who was married to a Davenport descendant, speculated that Abraham Lincoln, acting as an attorney for railroad interests, most likely conducted railroad business in Davenport's parlor when he traveled to Rock Island to ascertain specific facts about the case.

The Colonel George Davenport House

After the first railroad bridge spanning the Mississippi was built in the vicinity of the Davenport House, a steamboat hit the bridge. The case (Hurd, et al vs. Rock Island Bridge Co.) was considered a "turning point" in Lincoln's career.

View of the Mississippi River from the Davenport House on Rock Island, Illinois

Lincoln was familiar with the Davenports and the Rock Island area since he was the appellant attorney for George Davenport (Sr. or Jr.?) in Davenport, et al vs. People for use of Rock Island Commissioners in 1843.

Another case involving George Davenport, Sr., a partner of Russell Farnham, before the Illinois Supreme Court (in 1841) and also here.

A bio of Russell Farnham:

A picture of Col. George Davenport, owner of the Davenport House (with a bio below):


Gini said...

What a great and interesting story Cathy...thank you for posting and sharing it with us.

Thank you for stopping by my blog...I am sorry you were having a problem leaving a comment but it was nice to have you visit.

PalmsRV said...


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