Manuscripts/Mixed Material Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, [Law papers].

Format Manuscripts/Mixed Material
Contributors Herndon, William Henry
Lincoln, Abraham
Porter, Margaret
Dates 1851
Location Illinois
United States
Language English
Subjects Chamberlain, Jacob (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Chamberlain, Joseph (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Dunlap, E. (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Herndon, William H.
Hoffman, Herman (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Legal Case and Case Notes
Lincoln's Law Practice
Lincoln, Abraham
Lindsay, Alexander (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Lindsay, Morris (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Moffett, J. B. (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Porter, Andrew (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Porter, Margaret Klein (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Porter, William A. (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Sutton, James C. (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Talbot, B. (Lincoln's Law Practice)
Petition for Dower in Porter v. Hoffman et al, [Law papers].
Contributor Names
Lincoln, Abraham (Author)
Herndon, William Henry (Author)
Porter, Margaret (Author)
Created / Published
Sangamon County, Illinois, September 15, 1851
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
-  Lincoln's law practice
-  Herndon, William H. (1818-1840)
-  Porter, William A. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Talbot, B. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Lindsay, Morris (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Lindsay, Alexander (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Porter, Margaret Klein (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Hoffman, Herman (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Chamberlain, Joseph (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Chamberlain, Jacob (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Sutton, James C. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Porter, Andrew (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Moffett, J. B. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Dunlap, E. (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Manuscripts
-  legal case and case notes
-  United States -- Illinois -- Sangamon
legal case and case notes
-  Summary: Before his death, William Porter sold one lot in Springfield, Illinois, to Hoffman. Hoffman eventually sold part of his interest to others. Margaret Porter, William Porter's widow, had not released her right to dower in the lot. Porter retained Lincoln and Herndon and sued Hoffman and others for her dower. Hoffman and others failed to appear, and the court ruled for Porter and appointed commissioners, including Herndon, to assign Porter her dower. The commissioners reported that they could not divide the land equitably. The court called a jury to assess the annual value of dower. The jury found that the value was $10 per year. The court ordered Hoffman and successive owners of the lot to pay Porter $10 per year for the rest of her life.
20 x 31.8 cm.
Call Number
Law Papers; Portfolio 2 no. 9
Source Collection
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Rare Book And Special Collections Division
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