Ryder Building

Ryder Building

31 E. Broadway Street
Alton, Illinois 62002

Early in Lincoln's career as an attorney, he visited Alton often to serve clients. The Ryder building was used as a courthouse for trials, and it was quite possibly the site of the Lovejoy murder trial. In 1840, Lincoln delivered a speech here for Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. In 1844, Lincoln helped Simeon Ryder, the owner of this building, collect an old debt.