Springfield, Illinois 

 

Summary

Settled by 1819.1 Incorporated as town, 1832.2 Became state capital, 1837.3 Incorporated as city, 1840.4 Sangamon Co. seat.5 Population in 1840 about 2,600.6 Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. 1842.7 After arrest on charge of being accessory in assassination attempt on former Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs, JS traveled to Springfield, late Dec. 1842, for habeas corpus hearing before federal judge Nathaniel Pope.8 After hearing, early Jan. 1843, JS was discharged.9

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