Skinner, Thomas R.

Born: 1801-XX-XX Kentucky

Died: 1857-03-18 Logan County, Illinois

Flourished: Logan County, Illinois

Skinner was an early settler in the region that would become Logan County. When Logan County became an official county in 1839, Skinner was its first surveyor, serving from 1839 to 1842. He also became a prominent landowner, purchasing large tracts of public land in various parts of the county between 1828 and 1853. In 1849, he became county judge, a position he held until his death. In 1854, Stuart & Lincoln defended Skinner and other officials of Logan County in a suit involving the moving of the county seat from Mount Pulaski to Lincoln. After Skinner's death, Stuart & Lincoln were the plaintiff attorneys in suits involving the deposition of Skinner's estate.

History of Logan County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1886), 189, 218, 219; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Logan County, 68:46, 218, 243; 69:38, 159; 70:18, 49, 100, 103, 113, 174, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Logan County, IL, 192; Gravestone, Mount Pulaski Cemetery, Mount Pulaski, IL; Turley et al. v. Logan County, Illinois , 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=136053; Skinner & Turley v. Day , The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=136044; Day v. Skinner & Turley, The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=136100.