This photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years. 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 ISHS is leading a statewide campaign to place a framed copy in the courthouse in each of Illinois’ 102 counties in commemoration of the state’s bicentennial this year.
The four organizations partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), which owns the glass-plate positives of the Hesler-Lincoln portrait, are the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation.
From left to right: Illinois Bar Foundation Director Gregory Shevlin, Judge John Coady (Ret.), 4th Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly Koester, Christian County Resident Circuit Judge Brad Paisley, 5th District Judge David Overstreet, Christian County Judge Ron Spears (Ret.), and IL State Historical Society Board Member John McClarey.
From left to right:
Lincoln sculptor John McClarey; St. Clair County Historical Society and Research Library curator Will Shannon; Judge John Coady; Judge Patrick Hitpas (retired), former Resident Judge in Carlyle, 4th Judicial Circuit; Judge Stanley Brandmeyer, Resident Circuit Judge, Clinton County, 4th Judicial Circuit; Judge Kimberly Koester, Resident Circuit Judge, Effingham County, 4th Judicial Circuit; and Judge David Overstreet, 5th District Appellate Court
L-R: James Nelson-Fulton Co. Clerk, Judge Anthony Vaupel, Judge Thomas Ewing, Staci Mayall-Fulton Co. Treaurer, Judge Bruce C. Beal, Ret. Judge William C. Davis, Bob Bucher-Fulton Co. Board Chair, Jeff Standard-Fulton Co. Sheriff, Ret. Judge Stephen C. Mathers.