The state of Illinois has quite a few statues of Abraham Lincoln. One of the more unusual is one erected in 2005 outside the Taylorville, Illinois courthouse showing Lincoln with a pig. The statue is the work of noted sculptor John McClary. According to local Lincoln lore, Lincoln was arguing a case in Taylorville when pigs were heard squealing under the floor. Lincoln suggested to the presiding Judge that a Writ of Quietus be issued by the Court ordering the pigs to be silent!
A pig figures in another Lincoln story. As the story goes Lincoln and other attorneys were riding on the old Eighth Judicial Circuit when they passed by a pig caught firmly in a mud mire. The poor pig was squealing piteously, slowly sinking to its doom. Lincoln and his fellow attorneys rode by. After about a mile Lincoln stopped. He couldn’t get that pig out of his mind. Turning back he rescued the pig using two boards, the pig getting him muddy in the process and ruining the new suit he was wearing. Lincoln noted that by freeing the pig from the mire, he had also freed him from his conscience, and that was worth a suit.