WHO WAS OWEN LOVEJOY?

Owen Lovejoy (1811-1864) was:

 
  • the brother of Elijah Lovejoy
    (who was the martyr for the freedom of the press)
  • a Congregational minister Princeton, Illinois 1839-1856
  • fearless leader in the Underground Railroad
  • an effective political coalition builder
  • an eminent opponent of the Slave Power
  • an enthusiastic family man
  • a gifted orator
  • a compassionate, congenial, practical, undaunted man
  • a leader of the Radical Republicans in Congress 1856-1864
  • “the true hero of the antislavery movement”
  • Abraham Lincoln’s best friend