Oct. 13, 1816 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Mar. 1, 1899 Springfield Sangamon County Illinois, USA
James & his wife Mercy were good friends & confidantes of Abraham & Mary Lincoln. Conkling was Mayor of Springfield in 1845 & then member of the state legislature. He read the famous "Conkling Letter" from Lincoln at a mass meeting in Springfield in September 1863, in which Lincoln defended so eloquently his policies in the war & the Emancipation Proclamation.