Born in Connecticut, John Brown (1801-1859) settled in Hudson Township around 1805 and lived on and off in the area for a number of years. He was primarily engaged in farming and tanning, establishing a tannery in Richfield (1842) and a sheep farm with Colonel Simon Perkins (1844). The firm of Perkins and Brown became one of the best-known providers of fine wool in the country. During this partnership, John Brown lived in Akron and his home is maintained by the Summit County Historical Society. John Brown retried from business and moved to North Elba, New York in 1849. After a few years he came out of retirement to lead antislavery guerillas in the fight for freedom in the Kansas Territory. On October 16, 1859, Brown and a small army of sixteen white and five black men raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Their objective of arming local slaves was thwarted by local farmers, militiamen and troops led by Robert E. Lee. Most of Brown's men were killed or captured within 36 hours. Brown was seriously wounded in the raid and was later convicted of treason and hanged.
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