John Rankin (1793 - 1886) MP

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Birthplace: Dandridge On Dumplin Creek, Jefferson, Tennessee, USA
Death: Died in Ironton, Lawrence, Ohio, USA
Occupation: Minister, Reverend
Managed by: Katy Saunders
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Immediate Family

    • Adam
      son
    • Isabella
      daughter
    • David
      son
    • Richard
      son
    • Samuel
      son
    • Julia
      daughter
    • John
      son
    • Andrew
      son
    • Mary
      daughter
    • William
      son
    • Lucinda
      daughter

About John Rankin

John Rankin (February 5, 1793 – March 18, 1886) 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 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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John Rankin's Timeline

1793
February 4, 1793
Dandridge On Dumplin Creek, Jefferson, Tennessee, USA
1816
January 2, 1816
Age 22
Washington, TN