Blackburn, John W.

Born: 1825-09-13 Edgar County, Illinois

Died: 1894-01-05 Utah Territory


John W. Blackburn, attorney and judge, was awarded an A. M. degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1847 and, by 1850, was practicing as an attorney in Edgar County, Illinois. That same year, he owned $50 worth of real estate, and ten years later he owned $9,500 in real estate and possessed a personal estate valued at $3,000. Blackburn encountered Abraham Lincoln several times in the Edgar County Circuit Court. In 1852, he married Adelia Tucker and, by 1860, the pair had relocated to Carlisle, Indiana. Politically, Blackburn was a member of the Whig Party and later the Republican Party.

Judges of the United States, 2d ed. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1983), 39; Wabash College Triennial Catalogue of Alumni, Honorary Alumni and Non-Graduate Students (Crawfordsville, IN: The Journal, 1895), 12; For legal cases involving Lincoln, search Participant, "Blackburn, John W.," Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009),; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Edgar County, IL, 202; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Edgar County, 9 September 1852, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Carlisle, Sullivan County, IN, 60; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 28 June 1852, 2:1; The Salt Lake Herald, 6 January 1894, 3:1; Gravestone, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, UT.