Elijah Iles

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Elijah Iles was born in Fayette County, Kentucky back in 1796.  He borrowed some money from his father establishing a cattle ranch in the eastern part of the states where he became wealthy.  In 1818, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri Territory to open a store.  He finally settled in Springfield, Illinois in 1821. 

He was one of the first three settlers to the town, where he opened up the first store.  He was the first postmaster, elected to the Illinois Senate.  In 1831, he enlisted as a private for the Black Hawk War, rising through the ranks to make captain.   In 1839, he built the largest hotel in the state, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in 1978.  He died in 1883, his burial place is in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

What you may not know about Elijah is that during the Black Hawk War he commanded someone you may have heard of Abraham Lincoln.

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Comments (21)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One Indian War I am unfamiliar with.

I wonder if this is where the name came from for the attack helicopter.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Oct 26, 2020 04:18 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure had some powerful folks that fought with him.

Oct 26, 2020 04:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - when I saw Springfield Illinois in your post, I did think he might have some type of association with Abraham Lincoln.  

Oct 26, 2020 05:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

Thank you for this tidbit of our history. Who knew? Interesting and productive man this Elijah!!

Oct 26, 2020 05:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Elijah was definitely a positive thinking person. And his actions proved that. Enjoy  your day!

Oct 26, 2020 05:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As usual, James... you were right... I had no clue who this person was! A very interesting little historical factoid.

Oct 26, 2020 05:20 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Never knew Abe had been enlisted, so you learn something every day. This guy was busy, a real entrepreneur, opening stores, hotels.

Oct 26, 2020 05:50 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I had no knowledge that there even was such a war until I read your post today, haha.

Oct 26, 2020 06:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Elijah has/had inspired may people not only back in his day as he has inspired me today James Dray . Not every entrepreneur is a leader.

Oct 26, 2020 06:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Oct 26, 2020 07:17 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James.  Once again a thought provoking story for a figure in history I had no idea had existed.

Oct 26, 2020 07:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  wow, I never knew Lincoln was in the services at all.  Thanks for teaching us something.


Oct 26, 2020 09:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a wonderful bit of history, and it is interesting how fates are intertwined. Happy Monday.  A

Oct 26, 2020 10:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for your blog post this morning James. I didn't know during black Hawk War Abraham Lincoln served but I always enjoy learning something new 

Happy Monday James Dray 

Oct 26, 2020 11:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well I learned more than a few things in your post today - I knew none of this, including about Abraham Lincoln.


Oct 26, 2020 02:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wonder what it was like to have commanded Abraham Lincoln. 

Oct 26, 2020 03:51 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I never heard of the Black Hawk War. Interesting...

Oct 26, 2020 05:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Abe saw no action did his thing.  My room mate did his duty in Vietnam as a typist and a jeep driver for a battalion commander. His only hazardous duty was smuggle goods out of PX selling on the black market. 

Nov 24, 2020 09:46 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Sounds like Mr Iles had a very interesting life and made it a long one to boot.

Nov 24, 2020 09:30 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Elijah Iles was quite an achiever. An entrepreneur, cattle rancher, soldier and military leader. He certainly deserves a place in history.

Feb 14, 2021 09:56 AM