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Abraham Lincoln Represents His Friend Dr. William Fithian in a Complex Legal Case Regarding Mortgages and Debts That Went on for Years Lincoln receives the debt satisfaction, and signs the receipt with his iconic "Lincoln & Herndon" signature
10/03/1852. Abraham Lincoln During the Civil War, Lincoln made Fithian a Provost Marshal, and hearing that Fithian's step-sons may have been killed in action, Lincoln, according to Ward Hill Lamon, "broke into tears..."William Fithian was a physician who resided at Danville, Illinois. He was also a leading Whig, elected representative (1834) and senator (1838, 1842) in the state legislature. He knew Lincoln well and they considered each other as friends. Major Mordecai Mobley was a former resident of Sangamon County who had removed to Dubuque, Iowa, where he was appointed receiver for the land office in 1849. Mobley owed Fithian money, including some for land secured by mortgages, and there were some interlocking transactions with third parties making the case complicated. But Lincoln won a judgment for Fithian on August 29, 1849. The next task was to try to collect it.Two weeks after securing the judgment, on September 14, 1849, Lincoln wrote Fithian, saying "The notes and mortgage you enclosed me were duly received. I also got the original Blanchard mortgage from Antrim Campbell, with whom Blanchard had left it for you. I got a decree of foreclosure on the whole; but owing to their being no redemption on the sale to be under the Blanchard mortgage the court allowed Mobley till the first of March to pay the money, before advertising for sale. Stuart was empowered by Mobley to appear for him, and I had to take such decree as he would consent to or none at all. I cast the matter about in my mind, and concluded, that as I could not get a decree before March at any rate, and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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