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Abraham Lincoln's Presbyterian Connections

The Lincoln family attended the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln served there as a trustee beginning in 1853, though he never officially became a member. This session minute book, dated from 1828 to 1862, records that Mary Lincoln joined the church on April 13, 1852.

First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Ill., session minutes book, 1828-1862.

Page from First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Illinois' session minute book recording Mary Lincoln's membership.

Preservation and Outreach Archivist Natalie Shilstut mends a corner of the Mary Lincoln page before microfilming.