1856 Poll Book Certifying Abraham Jonas, Lincoln's Intimate Jewish Friend, an Elector

November 4, 1856

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1856 Poll Book Certifying Abraham Jonas, Lincoln's Intimate Jewish Friend, an Elector
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3 pages | SMC 2176

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      In 1856, Lincoln and Jonas were among the organizers of the new Republican Party in Illinois, and their names appear repeatedly in poll books from various Illinois precincts, evidence of their passionate involvement - always on the same side - in politics. On Election Day, election officials carefully recorded all of the information concerning the election -the candidates, the people who voted, and the sum of the vote - in these individual poll books containing the names of all registered voters.

      [Lincoln, Abraham] Poll Book, partially-printed but chiefly accomplished in manuscript, listing Lincoln, misspelled here as "Lincon", and Abraham Jonas, as Republican Electors; 12 pp. folio (displaying 3 of 12,)Jacksonville Morgan County, Illinois, Nov. 4, 1856.
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      POLL BOOK OF AN ELECTION

      Held at the Court House Poll No 1 in Jacksonville precinct, 
      Morgan county, state of Illinois, on the 4th day of November, 1856.

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      No. | Voters' names.

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      AT AN ELECTION

      Held at the Court-House Poll no 1 in Jacksonville precinct, county of
      ___ [sic] state of Illinois, on the 4th day of November, 1856, the following named
      persons received the number of votes annexed to their respective names, for the following described offices, to wit:

      Names of persons voted for. | Whole number of votes cast for such person. | Name or title of office.
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      Abram [sic] Lincon [sic] | Two Hundred and sixteen | Electors of Pres & V Pres

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      Abraham Jonas. | Two Hundred and sixteen |    "     "     "     "