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Franklin County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

(L-R) 5th District Appellate Court Justice David Overstreet, ISBA 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey, 2nd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Thomas Tedeschi, Judge Eric Dirnbeck, and John McClarey of the Illinois State Historical Society.

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Franklin County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

The four organizations are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), which owns the glass-plate positives of the Hesler-Lincoln portrait. 

Tom Tedeschi, chief judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit, presided over the ceremony. ISBA was represented by 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey.

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders