Marshall, Samuel D.

Born: 1812-10-08 Knox County, Indiana

Died: 1854-04-12 Shawneetown, Illinois

Flourished: Shawneetown, Illinois

Marshall graduated from Yale College in 1833 and was admitted to the bar shortly thereafter. He practiced law in Shawneetown, Illinois, where he was also the publisher of the Illinois Republican in the 1840s. He was elected to one term in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1838 to 1840, where he served alongside Abraham Lincoln. Marshall saw service in the Mexican War as a major in the Fourth Illinois Regiment of Volunteers.

Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 1:290-91, 515; Daily Alton Telegraph (IL), 27 April 1854, 2:2; John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:851-5; John Clayton, comp., Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 207. Illustration courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.