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Mon, 05.12.1800

Joseph Goodrich, Abolitionist born

Joseph Goodrich

*Joseph Goodrich was born on this date in 1800. He was a white-American pioneer, abolitionist, businessman, and politician.

Born in Hancock, Massachusetts, Goodrich moved to Stephentown, New York, in 1812 to live with an uncle, where he was involved with farming and was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. In 1819, Goodrich moved to Alfred, New York, where he had a sawmill, store, and hotel. Then in 1839, Goodrich and his family moved to Prairie du Lac, Wisconsin Territory.

There he founded the village of Milton, Wisconsin, and Milton College. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1855 as a Republican. In Milton, Wisconsin, Goodrich built the Milton House. Goodrich supported the abolitionist movement and used his house for the Underground Railroad. Joseph Goodrich died on October 9, 1867.



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