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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
November 4, 1816
Age 23
Washington County, Tennessee, United States
1819
September 18, 1819
Age 26
Paris, Kentucky
1821
July 24, 1821
Age 28
Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, United States
July 24, 1821
Age 28
Nicholas, Kentucky
1824
November 2, 1824
Age 31
1826
February 25, 1826
Age 33
1828
June 22, 1828
Age 35