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Dormody, William (Dormady)

Born: 1800-1810

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

Alternate name: Dormady

Dormody was a merchant in Springfield, Illinois. During the 1840 presidential election, Dormody and Seymour B. Moody entered into a wager on the outcome, each betting $50, Dormody on Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren, and Moody on Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. When Dormody failed to pay up, Moody published Dormody's refusal in the Sangamo Journal. Abraham Lincoln was Domody's lawyer in several cases in Sangamon County Circuit Court.

Sangamo Journal, 19 February 1841, 3:6, 7 May 1841, 3:7; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Sangamon County, IL, 3; For Lincoln's cases with Dormody, search "Dormody, William," 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), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org.