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Manuscripts/Mixed Material Petition for Dower in Porter v. Sangamon County, Illinois, [Law papers].

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Title
Petition for Dower in Porter v. Sangamon County, Illinois, [Law papers].
Contributor Names
Lincoln, Abraham (Author)
Herndon, William Henry (Author)
Porter, Margaret (Author)
Created / Published
Sangamon County, Illinois, August 11, 1851
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
-  Lincoln's law practice
-  Herndon, William H. (1818-1840)
-  Porter, Margaret Klein (Lincoln's law practice)
-  Manuscripts
-  legal case and case notes
-  United States -- Illinois -- Sangamon
Genre
Manuscripts
legal case and case notes
Notes
-  Summary: Before his death, William Porter sold a lot in Springfield, Illinois, which Sangamon County eventually purchased and on which it built the courthouse. Margaret Porter, William Porter's widow, had not released her right to dower in the lot. Porter retained Lincoln and Herndon and sued Sangamon County, Illinois, for her dower. The county claimed that Margaret Porter had relinquished her dower right, but that if she had not, she should receive dower from an adjacent lot owned by Andrew Porter. The parties reached an agreement in which Sangamon County paid Porter $350 and Porter released her interest in the lot. The court dismissed the case. Herndon received $10 for his legal services.
Medium
21.7 x 35 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Law Papers; Portfolio 2 no. 6
Source Collection
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Repository
Rare Book And Special Collections Division
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/lprbscsm.scsm1519
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Chicago citation style:

Lincoln, Abraham, William Henry Herndon, and Margaret Porter. [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Sangamon County, Illinois, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois, 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001521/. (Accessed September 26, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Lincoln, A., Herndon, W. H. & Porter, M. (1851) [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Sangamon County, Illinois, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001521/.

MLA citation style:

Lincoln, Abraham, William Henry Herndon, and Margaret Porter. [Petition for Dower in Porter v. Sangamon County, Illinois, Law papers]. Sangamon County, Illinois, 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/scsm001521/>.