William A. Jayne

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William A. Jayne was born in Springfield, Illinois back in1826.  I don’t have any information about his early childhood, but I can tell you he attended the Illinois College in 1844, he was a founding member serving as first president of the Phi Alpha Literary Society. 

He graduated from the University of Missouri with a medical degree in 1849.  He was elected mayor of Springfield in 1859 and then as a member of the State Senate in 1860.  He resigned in 1861 to become the first Governor of the Dakota Territory, appointed by President Lincoln.  In 1863 he served as a Delegate to the House of Representatives.  He was appointed the U.S. Pension Agent in 1869.  He was again elected as the mayor of Springfield serving three consecutive terms before retiring.  He died in 1916, he was 89.

What you may not know about Dr. Jayne is that he was President Lincoln’s personal physician.

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Comments (24)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have not heard of him before but when I hear about politicians from the past it makes me wonder if they were decent people or crooks like the politicians today.

Dec 03, 2020 04:46 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Should have paid attention to Springfield!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 03, 2020 04:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

First Governor of the Dakota Territory, that's something I didn't know James Dray . Like Barbara Todaro and her pictures I hope others can put up with my spelling.

Dec 03, 2020 05:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Thanks for the knowledge - I never knew who Dr Jayne was - of course we all know who Dr Mudd was! 

Dec 03, 2020 05:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And it is true until today I never knew. Enjoy your day!

Dec 03, 2020 05:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Dec 03, 2020 07:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - another history lesson for me learning about Dr. Jayne.  

Dec 03, 2020 07:44 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - oh wow.  I wonder if he was with Lincoln when he died.

Dec 03, 2020 08:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another wonderful history lesson this time with Dr. Jayne.  Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!  A

Dec 03, 2020 08:47 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James and thank you for another interesting piece of history.

Dec 03, 2020 09:20 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another amazing life well lived. He certainly packed a lot of greatness into his 89 years.

Dec 03, 2020 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- was not aware of this person but what an interesting man!!

Dec 03, 2020 12:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was all news to me - he certainly held a rather unique position.

Dec 03, 2020 01:07 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I did not know about Dr. Jayne’s connection with Abraham Lincoln. So thank you for another history lesson James Dray 

Dec 03, 2020 03:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James another interesting historical Character I was not aware of, Endre

Dec 03, 2020 10:45 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and thanks for the information on Abe. Personal Dr.  He sure did lots of things.


Dec 04, 2020 08:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I've learned many things about Abe Lincoln over the years but I never knew about his physician. Thanks for giving me a new nugget of info James.

Dec 04, 2020 01:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Illinois College is the forerunning of Illinois State University in Normal near Springfield. 

Jan 01, 2021 08:18 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

With his background, I am not surprised that he was President Lincoln's physician. I am sure, they shared much in common and trusted each other.

Jan 01, 2021 08:38 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

William A. Jayne’s success was aided by Abraham Lincoln but he was very successful on his own merits.

Mar 20, 2021 04:51 PM

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