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John Brown

John Brown ca. 1856

The Hudson Library & Historical Society has taken particular interest in the life and history of John Brown, who spent over 20 years in Hudson, Ohio. It was at the First Congregational Church in Hudson that John Brown famously vowed during an 1837 prayer meeting that he would dedicate his life to abolishing slavery.

The Hudson Library & Historical Society's collections on John Brown are particularly valuable for researchers interested in the life of John Brown and the family of John Brown. Our collections include an extensive collection of books written about John Brown, an ongoing project to document the genealogy of John Brown, as well as several manuscript collections including the entire research collection of Clarence S. Gee, the premier Brown scholar.