Rankin, Henry B.

Born: 1837-04-07 Athens, Illinois

Died: 1927-08-14 Springfield, Illinois

Henry B. Rankin, farmer, author, and authority on Abraham Lincoln, studied law at the office of Lincoln & Herndon. After leaving the Lincoln & Herndon law office, Rankin took up farming and banking. In 1860, he was farming in Menard County, Illinois, and owned real property valued at $4,000, with a personal estate of $2,500. Rankin married Alma Hurd in May 1864, and in 1880 the couple had two sons and a daughter. Later in life, he penned the works on Lincoln, including Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and Intimate Character Sketches of Abraham Lincoln.

Evening Star Journal and Lincoln Daily News (NE), 20 August 1927, 2:2; The Daily Journal-Gazette and Commercial-Star (Mattoon, IL), 15 August 1927, 1:3; The South Bend Tribune (IN), 22 August 1927, 18:5; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, La Salle County, 4 May 1864, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 175; U.S. Census Office, Tenth Census of the United States (1880), Menard County, IL, 25; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 725; Gravestone, Indian Point Cemetery, Athens, IL.