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Judd, Norman B.

b. January 10, 1815, in Rome, New York; d. November 11, 1878, in Chicago, Illinois. Judd was admitted to the bar in New York and moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1836. He drafted Chicago’s first charter and served as its city attorney in 1837-38. In 1844, he was elected to the state senate as a Democrat and served in that capacity for sixteen years. Around 1845, Judd formed a partnership with Jonathan Young Scammon that lated until 1847. As a lawyer, Judd was associated with many railroad operations and litigation and served as president, attorney, or director of many railroads. In May of 1856, he was one of the Anti-Nebraska Democratic delegates who attended the first Republican state convention in Bloomington, Illinois. Judd served as the chairman of the party’s first state central committee, a position he held until 1860. Judd helped make the arrangements which led to the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates and was Lincoln’s manager in the campaign for nomination in 1860. President Lincoln appointed Judd minister to Prussia in 1861, a position he held until 1865. After the Civil War, Judd returned to Chicago and was elected to Congress in 1866. In 1872, Judd was pensioned by the Grant administration to the post of collector of customs at Chicago, a position he maintained until his death.
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 12 November 1878, 7; John J. Duff, A. Lincoln: Prairie Lawyer (New York: Bramhall House, 1960); John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 12:300-2; Allen Johnson, ed., Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Charles Scribner’s & Sons, 1964), 5:2:230-31; Mark E. Neely Jr., The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia (New York: McGraw Hill, 1982), 168-69; United States Biographical Dictionary: Illinois Dictionary (Chicago: American Biographical Dictionary, 1876), 779-81; Albert A. Woldman, Lawyer Lincoln (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1936). Illustration courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.