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Old Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

Old Capitol Supreme Courtroom

Abraham Lincoln and his law partners had one of the largest appellate practices in the state. During Lincoln's long legal career, they argued more than 400 cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, many of them in this room at the restored Old State Capitol.

William Herndon recalled that Lincoln was most successful when he had ample time to prepare for cases. He said, "He was greatest in my opinion as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Illinois. There the cases were never hurried."

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