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Spear, Isaac P.

Died: 1857-10-05 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: 1833-1857 Springfield, Illinois

Isaac P. Spear was a merchant and businessman in Springfield, Illinois. Spear immigrated from his native Ireland to the United States, eventually settling in Springfield, where in October 1833, he opened a dry goods store in partnership with David Spear, creating the firm of D. & I. P. Spear. The partners closed their store in the late 1830s or early 1840s, but in September 1845, they reopened the store. In August 1851, David and Isaac Spear dissolved their partnership, David purchasing Isaac's interest and pursuing the business on his own. Politically, Spear was a Whig.

Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 9 October 1833, 3:4; 2 November 1833, 1:1; 25 September 1845, 2:5; Whig City Meeting; Humphreys v. D. & I. P. Spear, 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; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 1 August 1851, 3:2; Isaac P. Spear Probate File 1323, 5 October 1857, Sangamon County Probate Case Files Index, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield), 7 October 1857, 3:1.