Lincoln Project

The following articles are submitted by Illinois newspapers regarding Abraham Lincoln's connection to their newspapers and their communities. Newspapers may submit additional items to the IPA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 The articles are part of a project designed for use in conjunction with Lincoln's birthday in February. That project is a tabloid section that newspapers may print at their discretion. For more information about that, please contact David Porter at 217-241-1300 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TimesNewspapers, Peoria PDF Print E-mail

By DeWayne Bartels TimesNewspapers METAMORA —  The columns at the Metamora Courthouse Historic Site, sorely in need of repair, have found a benefactor.

An anonymous donor has stepped up agreeing to match gifts up to $10,000 for the repair of the columns. One of the first donations to be matched is $1,000 donated by the Eureka Community Bank.  The courthouse, built in 1845, served as the center of county government until the county seat was moved to Eureka in 1896.

According to museum curator Jean Myers the Metamora Courthouse is one of two surviving on the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit traveled by Abraham Lincoln.

The Mason County Democrat, Havana PDF Print E-mail

The Fulton Democrat was founded in 1855 by James Davidson, assisted by his brother William T. Davidson. (W.T. was a typesetter helping to launch what became the Peoria Journal Star at the time his brother asked him to help)

Three years later, W.T. took the paper over.

The News-Gazette, Champaign PDF Print E-mail
The News-Gazette’s roots run straight to the Whig Party of Lincoln's era.  By 1859, the paper was called The Central Illinois Gazette, and Lincoln was its man.  It claims the distinction of being the first paper anywhere to endorse Lincoln for president, earning its editor a historic position in the Lincoln White House.
Geneseo Republic PDF Print E-mail
Below is an editorial that appeared in the April 21, 1865 issue of 
the Geneseo Republic following Lincoln's assassination.

Lisa Depies
Editor, Geneseo Republic

    Long ere these lines meet the eyes of our readers they will have 
learned the terrible truth that Abraham Lincoln has fallen by the 
bloody hands of the prowling assassin, nerved by the demon hate of a 
traitor’s heart.
Pike Press, Pittsfield PDF Print E-mail
    The Pike Press, Pittsfield, was established in 1842 as the Sucker and Farmer’s Record, edited by Michael J. Noyes.  It was succeeded in 1846 by the Free Press, edited by Zachariah N. Garbutt.  Garbutt helped raise John G. Nicolay, who succeeded him as editor.  Nicolay met Abraham Lincoln in Pittsfield, and when Lincoln ran for president in 1860, John Nicolay became his first paid employee.

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