Flourished: Hancock County, Illinois
In 1842, Prentiss retained Logan & Lincoln to petition the United States District Court to declare him bankrupt under the Bankruptcy Act of 1841. The court declared him bankrupt, but it is unknown whether it discharged him of his debt. In 1844, Prentiss was identified as one of the leaders of the mob that murdered Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He died of cholera during the epidemic of the summer of 1849.
In re Prentiss, 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; Linda Kaufmann Parrick, Lillian Harris Frye, and Jeannie McCarl Kay, comp., Deaths and Marriages from Early Quincy Newspapers, 1835-1850(Quincy, IL: Great River Genealogical Society, 1979); George Q. Cannon, The Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star (London: George Q. Cannon, 1862), 24:632.