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Owen Lovejoy

Princeton, Illinois


Owen Lovejoy, an influential abolitionist politician, lived here from 1838 until his death in 1864.

He used this home to harbor freedom seekers and several times faced prosecution in the courts for his role in the Underground Railroad. Elected to Congress in 1856, he gained national reputation through his congressional and party leadership and fiery antislavery speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lovejoy was brother to Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaper publisher killed by proslavery forces in 1837.