1. Creator/Author:
  2. A. H. Wanlen (1)

Abraham Lincoln's Saloon License print

Creator:
H. F. Gerhardt, A. H. Wanlen
Location:
Illinois, Cook County, Chicago
Origin Date:
1932
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 19 3/4 in x 11 7/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2032
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This commemorative print features the tavern license for the store in New Salem, Illinois, owned by William F. Berry and Abraham Lincoln in 1833. They obtained a license on March 6, 1833, from the [Sangamon] County Commissioners Court to keep a tavern in the town of New Salem for one year. The license was in Berry's name only. The rates they were allowed to charge were also listed. A note just below the price list reads, "Facsimile of tavern license issued to Berry and Lincoln. Certified by Chas. E. Oppel, Clerk Sangamon County Court, Springfield, Ill. Date April 25, 1908" A second note above the paragraph stating the condition of the $300 bond reads, "Facsimile of Bond given by Abraham Lincoln, William F. Berry and John Bowling Green binding themselves in a penalty of $300 not to sell whiskey to negroes, Indians, or children, i. e. to obey the liquor laws of the State." Three paragraphs of explanatory text are at the end below which the Lincoln birthplace cabin is illustrated. Two perpendicular logs frame each corner of the print with the publisher's information just below in the lower margin. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum