Lincoln as suburban visitor

Lincoln as suburban visitor

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 17:06

We assume that people in Illinois are more excited than most about the Steven Spielberg movie "Lincoln" opening this weekend nationwide. We know we are.

Lincoln's ties to the suburbs? One springs to mind.

Lincoln was a friend of Elijah Haines, a prominent 1800s lawyer who founded Hainesville, the small town to the west of Grayslake.

From the Hainesville website:

It is recorded that Elijah Haines met Abraham Lincoln in 1847. The two men met frequently and became well acquainted. It has been said that Mr. Lincoln spent the night in Hainesville a few times.

We wonder if Mr. Lincoln found the rush-hour traffic on Route 120 as unbearable as it sometimes is now.

Haines went on to become a star delegate at Illinois' 1870 constitutional convention.

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