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McConnel, Murray (McConnell)

b. in Vermont; d. February 8, 1869, in Jacksonville, Illinois. McConnel moved to Morgan County, Illinois, sometime around 1820. He was one of Morgan County’s first lawyers and was a Democratic member of the state legislature. He served as the Commissioner of the Internal Improvement Act, and in 1839, he was responsible for the construction of the Northern Cross Railroad, which connected Jacksonville to Meredosia, Illinois. In 1869, William A. Robinson, one of McConnel’s former clients, allegedly shot McConnel, but an ensuing trial failed to convict Robinson.
Roy P. Basler et al., eds., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2:12-13; Robert L. Conn, Illinois Bar Journal (Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Bar Association, April 1938), 282; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 1:337, 342-47. Illustration courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.