The seat of government. Lincoln purportedly settled into this chair during his frequent visits to the office of Simeon Francis, editor of The Sangamon Journal in Springfield, Illinois. "The journal paper was always my friend and, of course, its editors the same," remarked Lincoln in 1864. It is also alleged that Lincoln received the dispatch with the news of his nomination for the Presidency while occupying this chair. Alternatively, the fact that such a common, rustic chair was repaired on numerous occasions seems to attest to the reverance with which it was regarded.
The Sangamon Journal, first published in 1831, and The State Register, begun in 1839, later merged as the State Journal-Register, a Copley newspaper.
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