Menard County, Illinois

County: Menard

State: Illinois

Lat/Long: 40.0167, -89.7833

Abraham Lincoln sponsored the legislation by which the Illinois General Assembly created Menard County out of Sangamon County in 1839. New Salem, which was Abraham Lincoln's home from 1831 to 1837, was included in the new Menard County. Petersburg is the county seat.

An Act to Establish the Counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane; An Act Supplemental to "An Act to Establish the Counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane"; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 297.