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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.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 28th, 1798
United States of America
Date of death
September 16th, 1877 at age of 78
Place of death
Religious Society of Friends
Places lived
Fountain City , Indiana
pop. 796 (2013)
Newport , Indiana
pop. 497 (2013)
North Carolina , United States of America
pop. 9,848,060 (2013)



Written work

1.Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the reputed president of the underground railroad

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1879. at Cincinnati


1.Levi Coffin House

National Register of Historic Places Location
The Levi Coffin House is a National Historic Landmark located in present-day Fountain City, Indiana. The two-story, eight room, brick house was constructed in 1839 in the Federal style and served as a station on the Underground Railroad. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. Levi Coffin, and his wife Catharine, helped as many as 2,000 former slaves escape to freedom in the free states and Canada during the 20 years that they lived in the house. In fact, Levi has been referred to as the President of the Underground Railroad. The Coffins were Quakers, a denomination that led in the fight against slavery. Underground Railroad conductors brought slaves up through Kentucky, and they primarily crossed the Ohio River at three points: Madison, Indiana; Jeffersonville, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio. After their crossing, many of the slaves were brought to the Levi Coffin House until they could be transported further north. The slave girl, Eliza, whose story is told in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, was one of the slaves who stayed at this way station.
Located in Geolocation Opened
Fountain City, Indiana


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