Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln supported himself and his family as an attorney. For nearly a quarter of a century, he was a country lawyer, who frequently traveled for up to six months a year through Illinois’s 8th Judicial Circuit, which spanned fourteen counties. He handled more than 400 criminal and civil appeals before the Illinois supreme court. Altogether, Lincoln probably handled some 3,000 legal cases.
The relationship between Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln has long been the stuff of legend. According to one report, in 1857 Lincoln in his Springfield law office picked up a copy of Whitman’s poetry...
A mob stormed the Carthage, Illinois, jail, and murdered Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church. Smith and his brother, who was also killed, were being held for destroying the printing press of a dissident who had attacked the practice of polygamy.
Construction of the world’s first skyscraper, designed by William LeBaron Jenney, was completed in Chicago. At ten stories, the Home Insurance Building rose to a height of 138 feet. Two additional stories were added in 1890.