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Volume Listing > Volume 60 > Ezekiel Gillespie, lost and found

Holzhueter, John O., 1935- "Ezekiel Gillespie, lost and found"


Ezekiel Gillespie, lost and found: This is both a biography of Gillespie (1818-1892), whose 1866 legal case established the right of African Americans to vote in Wisconsin, and the story of the author's research on Gillespie's life. It includes a hitherto unknown daguerreotype from the 1840s, describes the author's search for Gillespie's descendants, and summarizes his famous court case. It concludes that Sherman Booth (1812-1904) and Byron Paine (1827-1871) were instrumental in helping Gillespie test the law, even underwriting his legal costs and using personal connections to have the case advance rapidly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The article also discusses Gillespie's role in founding Milwaukee's first African Methodist Episcopal Church and outlines the lives of several of his descendants. (7 pages)

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Citation: Holzhueter, John O., 1935- "Ezekiel Gillespie, lost and found" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 60 /Issue: 3 (1976-1977)

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