Fairbank, Calvin

Life Span
to
Full name
Calvin Fairbank
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
2
No. of Children
1
Family
Mandan Tileson (first wife), Adeline Wineger (second wife)
Education
Other
Other Education
Oberlin College
Occupation
Clergy
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Church or Religious Denomination
Methodist
Other Affiliations
Abolitionists (Anti-Slavery Society)

Calvin Fairbank (Coffin, 1880)

Scholarship
THE subject of this sketch was attending school at Oberlin, Ohio--an institution open to all, without regard to race or color--when his latent sympathies for the oppressed and down-trodden slave were first called into action. A slave man had escaped from Kentucky, and made his way to Oberlin. Though enjoying liberty here he was not happy, for his wife was still in bondage, and he was constantly planning some way for her escape. This case, with many pathetic and touching details, was laid before Calvin Fairbank; and, though he was well aware of the danger attendant upon such a project, he voluntered to go to Kentucky and bring the slave woman away.
Levi Coffin, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1880), 719.

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