Dictionary of Wisconsin History
Search Results for: Keyword: 'fugitive slave law'
Term: Glover, Joshua
Portrait of Joshua Glover, undated WHI-6270
fugitive slave; after escaping from his owner in Missouri in May of 1852, Glover made his way to Wisconsin where he found work in Racine. There, on March 11, 1854, he was tracked down by agents of his owner, physically subdued, and arrested under the federal Fugitive Slave Law (q.v.). His captors brought him to Milwaukee, which had a stronger jail and a weaker abolitionist community than Racine. About 100 Racine anti-slavery activists took the next steamer to Milwaukee, however, where they joined forces with abolitionists led by Sherman Booth (q.v.). About 6:00 p.m. on March 12, 1854, the demonstrators smashed the doors of the jail, liberated Glover, and carried him to sympathetic friends in Waukesha. They later secretly brought him to Racine, where he boarded a boat for Canada. The Glover incident fueled anti-slavery sentiment in Wisconsin, and the prosecution of Booth ultimately led to the rejection of the federal Fugitive Slave Law by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
View the only book-length biography of Glover. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org.
[Source: Clark, James I. Wisconsin defies the fugitive slave law: the case of Sherman M. Booth. (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1955). See also related resources at Turning Points in Wis. History (www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/)
17 records found
Booth, Sherman Miller 1812 - 1904
Cole, Orsamus 1819 - 1903
Crawford, Samuel 1820 - 1861
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Finch, Asahel Jr. 1809 - 1883
Fugitive Slave Act
Howe, Timothy Otis 1816 - 1883
Miller, Andrew Galbraith 1801 - 1874
Paine, Byron 1827 - 1871
Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Sinking of the Lady Elgin (Historic Marker Erected
Smith, Abram Daniel 1811 - 1865
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Whiton, Edward Vernon 1805 - 1859