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Ryder Building

31 E. Broadway Street, Alton, IL 62002

(618) 465-6676

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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.

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