Historical Society recognizes the Logan County Bar Association

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[May 04, 2016]  LINCOLN - With May 1st being National Law Day, the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society is featuring the Logan County Bar Association in its window display at 114 N. Chicago Street in Lincoln.

Over the years the Genealogical & Historical Society has collected photographs of many of the county’s historic early lawyers. A brief history follows:

The Logan County Bar Association became its own entity in 1862. Lionel P. Lacey presided at the first meeting and William McGalliard served as secretary.

The first order of business was to draft a resolution of respect and appreciation upon the retirement of Judge David Davis from the circuit bench.

The first triumvirate of Logan County lawyers were Lacey, S. C. Parks, and W. H. Young. Parks and Young were the first lawyers of Logan County whose names appear on the rolls of the Illinois Supreme Court in l848. Judge Parks was known as the leading attorney of the early Logan County Bar.

Silas Beason came to the Logan County Bar Association in 1859 and became, “intimately identified with every public movement connected with the growth and progress of Logan County,” according to Lawrence B. Stringer’s history.

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In the 1860’s members of the Logan County Bar Association included McGalliard, William Springer, David T. Littler, William P. Callon, W. B. Jones, David H. Harts, P. W. Harts, George H. Campbell, George S. Dana, H. W. Dana, Stephen A. Foley, James T. Hoblit, Edmund Lynch, Edward D. Blinn, Robert Orendorff, Albert H. Alkire, William P. Hackney, A. C. Edwards, William B. Mann, Rufus Mayfield and Frank Fisk.

There were 557 Civil cases, 147 Chancery cases, and 62 People’s cases at the first term in 1860.

McGalliard was recognized as a foremost leader at the Logan County Bar Association serving in the state legislature, as a special adviser to William Scully, and was often identified with the establishment of Lincoln University.

David Harts was admitted to the bar in 1866 and was identified with the progress of the City of Lincoln for thirty years.

[Diane Osborn]

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