55. Abraham Lincoln As Attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad Company (Chicago, 1905), contains a facsimile of Lincoln's affidavit, and other data on his connections with the railroad. "In the 1850s Rufus Choate, the leading lawyer in the United States, earned $22,000 in one year. In 1859 the firm of Butler, Evarts & Southmayd was considered the leading law firm at the New York bar; its second member, William M. Evarts, was soon to become recognized as the country's leading lawyer. The net income for the firm in 1858 was $20,000. In Chicago, Isaac N. Arnold, Lincoln's friend, earned $22,000 in 1860." Charles LeRoy Brown to the Author, Sept. 14, 1942.
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