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Charles Augustus Wheaton

Born: Jul 1, 1809

Death: Mar 14, 1882

Birthplace: Amenia

Nationality: United States

Charles Augustus Wheaton

Date of Birth : Jul 1, 1809
Date of Death : Mar 14, 1882
Birth Place : Amenia

Charles Augustus Wheaton was a businessman and major figure in the central New York state abolitionist movement and Underground Railroad, as well as other progressive causes. He was one of the founders of the First Congregational Church in Syracuse, which took an abolitionist stand, and was part of the Vigilance Committee that formed in 1850 to resist the Fugitive Slave Law. In 1860 he moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where he was one of two men who donated the land to found the Carleton College campus. There he served with the Minnesota legislature. The father of a total of 17 children, he had an active family life. He later became the editor of two local newspapers.


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