Albion Tourgée began life in Williamsfield, Ohio.

He was born in 1838, the son of Valentine and Emma Louisa (Winegar) Tourgée.

The Tourgées had migrated to the part of Ohio referred to as the "Western Reserve” from their home in Massachusetts.

The Western Reserve was a territory in northern Ohio that had formerly belonged to Connecticut and had largely been settled by New England migrants whose religious convictions made them ardent supporters of the growing abolition movement.

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Read a brief biography of Albion Tourgee on the "Documenting the American South" website.

Learn about the history behind Ohio's Western Reserve

A letter from Milton Sutliff to Abraham Lincoln describing anti-slavery opinions in Ohio's Western Reserve.

View the original bill HR 123 which set aside land for schools in Ohio's Western Reserve

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