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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Helen Stites  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Charleston, Illinois

-- Helen Stites on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Stites was born and raised in Charleston and currently resides in Clinton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

This is the author's first book-length work. She has been interested in Lincoln since her childhood in Charleston, Illinois, stimulated by visits to the nearby Lincoln family farm. After moving with to Clinton in 1953, she discovered there is a rich Lincoln history in De Witt County. Her research was initially for her own satisfaction and pleasure, spending many hours looking for those special "nuggets" of information in the microfilms of early newspapers and files of newspaper clippings provided by local and state resources. Her interest has extended over fifteen years and has resulted in a personal collection of over sixty Lincoln books. Her focus has been his years as an attorney with the Eighth Judicial Circuit and interaction with local citizens. The decision to assemble this information resulted in this book.

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Titles At Your Library

Finding Lincoln In Dewitt County
ISBN: 142591246X

AuthorHouse. 2006

Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor in DeWitt County, 1839 to 1859, where he: 1. Gave four known speeches.2. Coined the famous phrase "You can fool all the people...."3. Served "as judge" in at least 37 court cases.4. Represented the Illinois Central Railroad in a damage suit. GeorgeMcClellan, Stephen Douglas, and David Davis were present in thecourtroom. (All four later became candidates for presidency)5. Learned to play billiards in a local parlor (Never before published fact)6. Spent over one hundred evenings in Clinton in local hotels or as guest oflocal citizens.The book is an "easy read" embellished with many jokes and humorous incidents with DeWitt County connection.



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