David A. Smith House

David A. Smith, a Jacksonville attorney and colleague of Abraham Lincoln, had this two-story, Federal-style house built between 1852 and 1854. When Lincoln had legal business in Jacksonville, he used Smith’s law office as his headquarters. Records indicate that Lincoln and Smith were associated with 68 cases as either co-counselors or opposing attorneys. In one of their more famous cases, Lincoln represented wealthy Jacksonville businessman Colonel James Dunlap, while Smith represented Jacksonville newspaper editor Paul Selby. Selby sued Dunlap for $10,000 in actual and punitive damages after Dunlap and some of his associates allegedly battered him. Ultimately, the jury found for Selby, but only awarded him $300 in damages.

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1061 Grove Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650