Abraham Lincoln

Political Offices

After resuming a law career, how did his legal career fare?

Lincoln’s legal career boomed. He handled admiralty, criminal, and patent law cases, while also representing several railroad companies in the Midwest. He sometimes sat as a special judge or prosecutor for local courts. He even handled cases that went before the U.S. Supreme Court. For example, he and Herndon successfully represented a railroad company in a damages action brought by a displaced property owner in The Alton and Sangamon Railroad Company v. Carpenter (1852).


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