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Oberlin-Wellington rescuer Simeon Bushnell is sentenced to sixty days in jail for violation of the Fugitive Slave Law

"Am I not a Man and a Brother?"
05/11/1859
Simeon Bushnell, a white man, had been convicted in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio for his part in the rescue of escaped slave John Price from his federal marshal captors in Wellington, Ohio the previous September.  Price was freed, hidden, and helped in his successful flight to Canada. A federal grand jury indicted 37 people for breaches of the Fugitive Slave Law but only two men would eventually be tried, Bushnell and black abolitionist Charles Langston.  Both were convicted.  Bushnell was sentenced to sixty days in the Cuyahoga county jail and also fined $600. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Jacob R. Shipherd, Ralph Plumb, Henry Everard Peck, History of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1859), 170.

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