Lincoln Suit

In May 1853, Abraham Lincoln was sued by the partners of Oldham, Todd & Company for $472.54 “money collected for said firm and unaccounted for.”  Lincoln was settling the estate of his father-in-law, Robert Todd, a partner in the firm.  The firm operated a woolen mill at Sandersville.  Lincoln obtained proof, by collecting depositions regarding the accounts, which disproved the claims in the lawsuit.  He then forced the surviving partners to dismiss the suit and pay court costs.[i]

[i] Coleman (Court Houses), pages 22-23 and Coleman (Squire’s), page 46.

William M. Ambrose, Bluegrass Court Houses, Limestone Press, Lexington, 2013.

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