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John Cabot

Was John Brown ever a slave?

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November 26, 2007 12:55PM

He was an abonlitionist who raided Haper Ferry, Virginia in 1859

and was never a slave. He was born in Connecticut, aspired to be a

Congregational minister, was raised in Ohio, ran a tannery and

farmed in Pennsylvania, traded cattle, raised sheep, went bankrupt

and fathered 21 children. Some consider him to have been a martyr

to the abolitionist cause while others considered him to be a

madman. Lincoln called him a "misguided fanatic".

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