Mobley, Mordecai

Born: 1800 Virginia

Died: 1887 Washington, D.C.

Flourished: 1824-1840 Sangamon County, Illinois

In 1824, Mobley married Martha Stevenson in Sangamon County, Illinois, and they settled there. He represented the county in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828, and was a member of the first board of trustees for the city of Springfield in 1832. Throughout the 1830s, he invested heavily in public land across central Illinois, as well as serving as a justice of the peace and a clerk in the Sangamon County Circuit Court at Springfield. At least three times, Mobley retained Abraham Lincoln to represent him in lawsuits. In 1844, Mobley and his wife Martha moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where he served as cashier and president of The Miner's Bank, later opening his own firm, M. Mobley & Co. Mobley was also involved in civic affairs, serving as a Dubuque city alderman in 1846 and 1853, the county's first school fund commissioner from 1847 to 1849, a member of the Old Settler's Association, and an incorporator of the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company. Mobley and his wife were members of the Christian Church, and in 1844 they were founding members of the Church of Christ in Dubuque.

History of Dubuque County, Iowa (Chicago: Western Historical, 1880), 403, 410, 528, 530, 536, 612, 620, 629; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 28 November 1824, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, McLean County, 69:67, Menard County, 69:44, 66, 67, 87, Sangamon County, 68:13, 104, 226, 228 234, 237, Tazewell County, 69:67, Cass County, 69:66, Morgan County, 69:66, Christian County, 145:95, Marshall County, 68:267, 69:52, 67, Woodford County, 69:67, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Blankenship v. Hewitt et al., 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/Details.aspx?case=138267; Klein et al. v. Mather, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135919; Mobley v. Virden, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=139900; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Dubuque County, IA, 110; Howard H. Preston, History of Banking in Iowa (Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1922), 29-30, 50; Nathaniel S. Haynes, History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois, 1819-1914 (Cincinnati: Standard, 1915), 573; JJohn Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 200.