Illinois Watch: ‘Recognized Standard of Efficiency’
While John C. Adams’ arrival by train in Springfield drew little attention, he was about to embark on a mission that would one day make the city home to a world-famous manufacturer of quality watches. Adams, who came from Massachusetts, had played an important role in the creation of the National Watch Company up in Elgin. This firm would become the famed Elgin National Watch Company. Adams believed Springfield was the place for a watch manufacturer, and so he, and a number of local leaders, incorporated the Springfield Watch Company in 1869; with John Todd Stuart as president. Stuart, a former congressman, had taken Abraham Lincoln on as his junior law partner when the future president first came to Springfield.