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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Stuart, John Todd -1885 Lawyer; born near Lexington, Ky., Nov. 10, 1807; graduated at Centre College, Kentucky, in 1826; admitted to the bar, and practised in Springfield, Ill.; member of the State legislature in 1832-36 and in 1838, and of the State Senate in 1848-52, during which time he was active in settling the charter of the Illinois Central Railroad. He served as major in the Black Hawk War, where he became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. He induced Mr. Lincoin to study law, assisted him in every possible way, and took him as a partner as soon as he was admitted to practice. In 1843 Mr. Stuart became associated with Benjamin S. Edwards, and in 1860 with his son-in-law, Christopher Brown, and this firm was, at Mr. Stuart's death, the oldest in the State. He died in Springfield, Ill., Nov. 28, 1885.