Professor comments on Lincoln in Jacksonville

From: Jacksonville Journal Courier (Jacksonville, IL)

A Jacksonville friend once helped save Abraham Lincoln’s life and, according to one historian, also played a role in his courtship with Mary Todd. John J. Hardin, a cousin of Mary Todd and a political associate of Lincoln, played a crucial role in resolving an attempted duel between Lincoln and a Democratic politician, James Shields, in 1842.

And soon after that encounter, Hardin and his wife, Sarah, helped settle differences between the young lawyer and politician and his former girlfriend [Todd], a Springfield socialite, according to Knox College history professor Douglas Wilson… Despite what most histories have recorded, Wilson’s recent, extensive research points to the Hardins as the people most responsible for getting Lincoln and Todd back together… Read more…