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Elijah P. Lovejoy

Elijah P. Lovejoy was murdered on November 7, 1837, for reporting on abolitionist activity in his newspaper the Alton Observer. Born in Maine on November 9, 1802, Lovejoy graduated from Waterville College (now Colby) in 1826 and moved to St. Louis to teach. In 1833, after attending Princeton Theological Seminary, Lovejoy began publishing the St. Louis Observer. Anti-abolitionists ran him out of St. Louis, causing Lovejoy to settle and revamp his paper in Alton, Illinois. Though very unwelcomed, he continued to speak out against slavery. In 1837, a mob set fire to his printing press and shot him. The event turned him into a martyr in abolitionist circles across the nation.

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