Flourished: Springfield, Illinois
Gideon Rucker, attorney, practiced law in Springfield from at least 1853 until his retirement from the bar around 1859. During these years, Rucker and Abraham Lincoln encountered each other in the Sangamon County Circuit Court on a handful of occasions. In 1855, Rucker was a candidate for city clerk and attorney of Springfield.
Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 20 October 1853, 3:3; 20 March 1855, 3:2; John Livingston, Livingston’s Law Register (New York: Davies and Roberts, 1856), 116; John Livingston, Livingston’s United States Law Register (New York: John A. Gray, 1859), 208; For legal cases involving Lincoln, search Participant, “Rucker, Gideon,” 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.