A reproduction of a portrait of John Brown (May 9, 1800 - December 2, 1859). John Brown was a famous American abolitionist. John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut, but he spent most of his life in Ohio. He grew up at his father's tannery in Hudson, Ohio. After moving to Pennsylvania for a short period of time, Brown moved back to Ohio and attempted to run his own tannery in Franklin Mills (now Kent, Ohio). In 1846, Brown began a sheep and wool business with Akronite Simon Perkins, Jr. During this time, Brown and his family live in the tenant house on the Perkins grounds in Akron, Ohio. When the business failed, Brown and his family moved to North Elba, New York. Brown is most known for leading the Pottawatomie Massacre of 1856 in Bleeding, Kansas, and his unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859. Brown was captured at Harpers Ferry and was charged with murdering four whites and a black, with conspiring with slaves to rebel, and with treason against Virginia. On December 2, 1859, John Brown was hanged for treason in the state of Virginia.
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