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John Rankin

Born: Feb 5, 1793

Death: Mar 18, 1886

Birthplace: Dandridge

Nationality: United States

John Rankin

Date of Birth : Feb 5, 1793
Date of Death : Mar 18, 1886
Birth Place : Dandridge

John Rankin was an American Presbyterian minister, educator and abolitionist. Upon moving to Ripley, Ohio in 1822, he became known as one of Ohio's first and most active "conductors" on the Underground Railroad. Prominent pre-Civil War abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe were influenced by Rankin's writings and work in the anti-slavery movement. When Henry Ward Beecher was asked after the end of the Civil War, "Who abolished slavery?," he answered, "Reverend John Rankin and his sons did."

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