Guy Fraker

Author, lawyer, Lincoln scholar and former Lincoln College Trustee Guy Fraker will be coming to the Lincoln Heritage Museum for a book signing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

Fraker’s latest work, Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit, is the first-ever guidebook to the circuit.

Fraker’s new book directs readers and travelers through the prairies to the towns Lincoln visited regularly during his 23 years of practicing law in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Each spring and fall, Lincoln traveled the circuit – more than 400 miles –  representing clients from all walks of life.

The book provides detailed travel directions, five route maps and more than 100 images of the local people that Lincoln encountered along the way.

As Lincoln’s stature as a lawyer grew, east central Illinois grew in population and influence, and the Circuit provided Lincoln with clients, friends, and associates who became part of the network that ultimately elevated him to the presidency.

This guidebook features Illinois courthouses, Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits, and other Lincoln points of interest. Fraker takes travelers down the quiet country roads that gave Lincoln time to read and think; and to the locations where Lincoln’s broad range of cases expanded his sense of the economic and social forces changing the nation.

The book is published by Southern Illinois University Press, which also published Fraker’s, Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Fraker, a retired attorney from Bloomington, has also had a number of historical articles published, including in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Illinois Heritage, the Bloomington Pantagraph, and the Champaign News Gazette. He was a consultant for the WILL-TV documentary Lincoln, Prelude to the Presidency, and is co-curator of Prologue to the Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, an exhibit on permanent display at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.