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Grimshaw, Jackson

b. November 22, 1820, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. December 13, 1875, in Quincy, Illinois. Grimshaw studied law in Pennsylvania and was admitted to the Illinois bar in January of 1843. He began the practice of law in Pittsfield where he formed a partnership with his brother William A. Grimshaw that lasted fourteen years. He was a member of the 1856 Bloomington Convention that formed the state Republican party. In 1857, he moved to Quincy, Illinois, and formed a law partnership with Archibald Williams which dissolved in 1861 after Williams was appointed a federal district judge. In 1865, President Lincoln appointed Grimshaw collector of internal revenue for the Quincy district, a position he held until 1869.
John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 2:882; The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men: Illinois (Chicago: American Biographical Publishing Co., 1876), 573-74; David F. Wilcox, ed., Quincy and Adams County: History and Representative Men (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1919), 1:166; Albert A. Woldman, Lawyer Lincoln (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1936), 103, 262, 269. Illustration courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.