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April 17, 2023

Abraham Jonas, Close Jewish Friend of Abraham Lincoln to be Honored with Cemetery Marker

Abraham Jonas, one of Abraham Lincoln’s closest friends and the first Jewish resident of Quincy, is the most recent historical figure to be awarded an informational marker by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and the Tri-States Civil War Round Table. Lincoln and Jonas’s friendship lasted many years and weathered many storms. Lincoln and Jonas were founding members of the Republican party. They closed the chapter on their friendship with a final act of kindness. As Jonas lay on his deathbed amidst the Civil War, President Lincoln allowed Jonas’s son, a captured Confederate soldier, to attend his father’s deathbed. 

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