Abe was no stranger to Putnam CountyBy Dave CookApril 26, 2018 No doubt the most famous person to practice law in the 1839 Putnam County Courthouse, the oldest active courthouse in the state, Abraham Lincoln has a special connection to the area. [IV Living photo/Dave Cook]Attorney and president of the Putnam County Bar Association Roger Bolin (from left) and retired Circuit Judge Scott Shore are pictured with the new Abraham Lincoln portrait, which will hang proudly in the Putnam County Courthouse. The original portrait was taken in Springfield on June 3, 1860, by Alexander Hesler and was after Lincoln's nomination as the Republican candidate for the presidency. [IV Living photo/Dave Cook]On Feb. 9, retired Circuit Judge Scott Shore presented the Lincoln portrait, which was donated to Putnam County through the efforts of the Illinois Historical Society, the Illinois Judges Association and Hennepin attorney and president of the Putnam County Bar Association, Roger Bolin. [IV Living photo/Dave Cook]The newly donated portrait is the latest addition to the county's connection with the 16th president. Other items in the courthouse's collection include this portrait and a copy of the lengthy letter Lincoln wrote to two brothers he met while in Putnam County in 1845. [IV Living photo/Dave Cook]This is a copy of the hand-written letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to brothers Williamson and Madison Durley after meeting them on his way to the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin. It's regarded as one of the most teachable pieces of Lincoln correspondence for both its length and discussion of the annexation of Texas and abolitionism. [IV Living photo/Dave Cook]Putnam County attorney Roger Bolin said the letter written to Williamson and Madison Durley is the county's most important connection to Lincoln because of both its significant length and the subjects contained within it, including abolitionism.