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Booth, Sherman Miller 1812-1904

Class of 1846: Sherman Booth

Sherman Booth (Wikipedia)

Rescue of Joshua Glover, a Runaway Slave

The Wisconsin Supreme Court declares the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional, 1854

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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography"

"The History of Wisconsin: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873," vol. II, by Richard Current

"Wisconsin Defies the Fugitive Slave Law: The Case of Sherman M. Booth" by James I. Clark



Interesting Fact:

The fines levied against Booth in the Glover case are said to have ruined him financially. It also did not help his career when he was indicted on a charge of seducing a 14-year-old girl in 1859.

Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Sherman Miller Booth:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 10:

    1821: Missouri becomes the 24th state.
    1846: The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by Congress.

  • August 10

    Sherman Miller Booth, a leading abolitionist in Wisconsin, died on this date in 1904. He moved to Wisconsin in 1848 where he published a newspaper, the "American Freeman," for the Liberty Party. The paper's name was changed to the "Wisconsin Freeman" and then to the "Free Democrat," being published until 1859. It was because of Booth's urging that a mob broke into the Milwaukee jail in 1854 freeing runaway slave Joshua Glover. Booth was at the center of a court battle between the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Glover incident, resulting in Booth being jailed several times and being fined. Booth was pardoned by President James Buchanan the day before Lincoln's inauguration.

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