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Levi Coffin

Deceased Person from United States of America

Levi Coffin Levi Coffin (October 28, 1798 – September 16, 1877) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, and businessman. Coffin was deeply involved in the Underground Railroad in Indiana and Ohio and his home is often called "Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad". He was nicknamed "President of the Underground Railroad" because of the thousands of slaves that are reported to have passed through his care while escaping their masters. Born in the Southern United States, Coffin was exposed to and developed an opposition to slavery as a child. He followed his family and immigrated to Indiana from North Carolina in 1826 following a persecution of the Quakers by the slave-holders. In Indiana he quickly became a local business leader as a merchant and farmer. The wealth he accumulated allowed him to become a major investor in the Richmond branch of the Bank of Indiana where he served as director during the 1830s. His position in the community allowed him to provide most of the funds necessary to supply food, clothing, and transportation for the Underground Railroad operations in his region. At the urging of friends in the anti-slavery movement, he moved to Cincinnati in 1847 to operate a  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1798-10-28
Place of birth
Greensboro
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Catherine White

Death

Date of death
1877-09-16
Place of death
Cincinnati
Place of burial
Spring Grove Cemetery

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