HENNEPIN — Abraham Lincoln will have a special place in Putnam County’s celebration of the state’s bicentennial, thanks to the donation of a canvas print of Lincoln’s portrait that will be presented to the county in ceremonies to be held this Friday.
The Lincoln portrait will be presented by the Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois Judges Association and local contributor Roger C. Bolin, Hennepin attorney and president of the Putnam County Bar Association, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in the courtroom of the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin.
The public is invited. Refreshments will be served in the county board room.
The original portrait was made by famed photographer Alexander Hesler in Springfield on June 3, 1860, following Lincoln’s nomination as the Republican candidate for the presidency. Presentation of the portrait will be made by Roger Bolin, retired Circuit Judge Scott Shore, and ISHS Vice President Stuart Fliege.
Abraham Lincoln is very much a part of the state’s history as the Land of Lincoln. Born 209 years ago next Monday, Lincoln’s travels included visits to Putnam County. One such visit in September 1845 is well noted, while campaigning for Congress.
Lincoln served four terms as a state representative, one term as a U.S. Congressman and was elected the country’s 16th president in 1860.