Powell, William B.

Flourished: 1838-03-22 Springfield, Illinois

Powell was an early settler in Springfield, Illinois. He was among the prominent citizens who pledged $16,666.67 to pay for the final installment of $50,000 to ensure that the state capitol would move to Springfield. In 1838, Powell retained Stuart & Lincoln after the Sangamon County state's attorney indicted him for assault with intent to commit bodily injury or murder. Stuart & Lincoln succeeded in getting the case dismissed.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 287; People v. Powell, 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=140227; Promissory Note of John Hay and others to State Bank of Illinois.