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Luckett, Henry F.

Born: 1796 Virginia

Flourished: 1835-1840 Springfield, Illinois

Luckett, a Methodist minister, lived in Springfield by July 1835. He served on the Board of Trustees for the city of Springfield in the mid-1830s. At least five times, Luckett retained Abraham Lincoln and his partners to represent him in court. In 1840, Luckett lived in Springfield, but by 1841 he had relocated to Christian County. In 1860, Henry and his wife, Maria, and their family lived in St. Charles, Missouri, where he was a minister in a Methodist church and owned $20,000 worth of real estate. During the Civil War, Luckett was imprisoned in Memphis by federal officers. Abraham Lincoln pardoned him following the petition of several of Luckett's family members.

Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 4 July 1835, 3:5; 4 February 1837, 3:2; 7 April 1838, 2:3; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Sangamon County, IL, 7; For Lincoln's cases involving Luckett, search "Luckett, Henry F.," 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; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), St. Charles County, MO, 104; Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 7:275; Abraham Lincoln to Stephen A. Hurlbut; Lizzie L. Rafter to Abraham Lincoln; Hattie L. Luckett to Abraham Lincoln; Mrs. W. S. Bullitt to Abraham Lincoln; Henry F. Luckett to Abraham Lincoln.