Timeline

1838

May

2

Albion Tourgee Born in Williamsfield, Ohio

Albion Tourgee Born in Williamsfield, Ohio

Born in Williamsfield, Ohio, the son of a Methodist farm family that migrated to the Western Reserve from Massachusetts. Father is Valentine Tourgee; mother is Louisa Emma Winegar. ... read more ...

1843

Feb

Tourgee's mother Louisa dies

Tourgee's mother Louisa dies

Louisa Emma Winegar, never strong, gradually wasted away and finally died of tuberculosis in February, 1843.

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1847

Aug

Tourgee family moves to Kingsville, Ohio

Tourgee family moves to Kingsville, Ohio

The farm was 1-1/2 miles north of Kingsville OH, and Tourgee's father remained at that location until his death in 1889. ... read more ...

1859

1861

Jun

Tourgee joins the Civil War

Tourgee joins the Civil War

Enlists in the Union Army with the 27th New York Volunteer Infantry ... read more ...

1862

Tourgee receives AB degree

Receives Bachelor of Arts degree from Rochester in absentia in June ... read more ...

Jul

Tourgee re-enlists in Civil War

Reenlists as an infantry lieutenant with 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in July. Participated in the Battle of Perryville
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1863

1864

Still troubled by back injury

Still troubled by back injury; discharged from Army in January; admitted to Ohio bar to practice law ... read more ...

1865

Serves as a journalist, studies law, earns M.A. at Rochester University, and teaches school

Serves as a journalist, studies law, earns M.A. at Rochester University, and teaches school ... read more ...

Tourgée and wife migrate to North Carolina

Tourgée and wife migrate to North Carolina

Tourgée and wife migrate to North Carolina in October 1865, leasing a tree nursery near Greensboro ... read more ...

1866

Helps organize Loyal Reconstruction Leagues

Helps organize Loyal Reconstruction Leagues ... read more ...

1867

Publishes Newspaper

Publishes and edits Republican newspaper in Greensboro, The Union Register, and attends the Philadelphia Convention of Southern Loyalists

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1868

Elected as A Judge

Tourgee elected to position of state superior court judge ... read more ...

The Code OF Civil Procedure

The Code OF Civil Procedure

Publishes “The Code of Civil Procedure, to Special Pleadings” while serving as one of three code commissioners rewriting the state's law ... read more ...

Tourgee elected to represent Guilford County at the North Carolina State Constitutional Convention

Tourgee elected to represent Guilford County at the North Carolina State Constitutional Convention ... read more ...

1869

State Superior Court Judge

State Superior Court Judge

Tourgee elected to position of state superior court judge ... read more ...

1872

Daughter, Lodoilska (Aimee), was born

1870 15th Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, securing the right to vote for all adult black males; first US census to list African Americans by name. Senator John W. Stephens, of Caswell County, NC is murdered by the KKK in his courthouse. ... read more ...

Serves on Board of Trustees

Serves on Board of Trustees for University at North Carolina

1872 Grant is reelected; the Freedmen’s Bureau is abolished; Amnesty Act removes remaining restrictions on Confederate office holding in government; Judge Stephens murdered ... read more ...

1873

Bennett College

One of several supporters who helped establish first African American school in Warnersville (part of Greensboro, NC) that became Bennett College ... read more ...

1874

First Novel

First Novel

A Tale of the South, dealing with race relations in the slave South. ... read more ...

1875

Second Constitutional Convention

Elected as a delegate to the second constitutional convention of North Carolina ... read more ...

1876

Federal Pension Agent

Tourgee moves to Raleigh, North Carolina accepting an appointment from President Grant as a federal pension agent ... read more ...

1878

The Code Of Civil Procedure

The Code Of Civil Procedure

Tourgee writes and publishes The Code of Civil Procedure of North Carolina ... read more ...

Unsuccessfull Runs

Tourgee unsuccessfully runs for the US Congress ... read more ...

“C” Letters

Greensboro newspaper, The North State publishes the “C” Letters, a series of letters written anonymously by Tourgee ... read more ...

1879

A Fool's Errand

A Fool's Errand

A novel and A western Story Published by Tourgee ... read more ...

Colorado

Tourgee moves to Colorado and an editorial post with the Denver Evening Times.
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1880

Bricks Without Straw

Second Reconstruction Novel was Published by him. Henry O. Flipper writes a Letter of Experience ... read more ...

1881

A Royal Gentleman

A Royal Gentleman

From 1881 to 1884 he published and edited some Weekly literary Magzines ... read more ...

Mayville, N.Y

1881 Tourgée purchases a new home in Mayville, N.Y

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1882

The Tuskegee Institute

In 1882 he Published Novel.and Remained as a President at Tuskegee Institute ... read more ...

1883

Hot Plowshares

novel, Hot Plowshares published (serially in Our Continent)

Gain the Attention of The People Towards Civil Rights ... read more ...

1884

Mar

Women, Right to Vote

Women, Right to Vote

novel, An Appeal to Caesar published (re: Civil War) ... read more ...

1885

A Man of Destiny

Collection of columns written by Tourgee for the Chicago ... read more ...

1886

The Veteran and His Pipe

Collection of columns written by Tourgee for the Chicago Inter Ocean ... read more ...

1887

1888

A Bystander's Notes

Editorial written by Tourgee ... read more ...

Letters to a King

A series of Essays and a novel is Published ... read more ...

1889

White Minorities Rule

collection of short stories published by tourgee ... read more ...

1890

Conference On the Negro

1890 attends Lake Mohonk Conference on the Negro ... read more ...

Murvale Eastman and Pactolus Prime

Murvale Eastman and Pactolus Prime

1890 novels, Murvale Eastman: Christian Socialist and Pactolus Prime published ... read more ...

1891

National Citizens' Rights Association

National Citizens' Rights Association

1891 Tourgee establishes the National Citizens' Rights Association, one of the earliest national civil rights organization in the United States
Novelist, folklorist, dramatist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville, Florida
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New Orleans-based “Citizens’ Committee

New Orleans-based “Citizens’ Committee

1891-1896 becomes involved with the New Orleans-based “Citizens’ Committee To Test the Constitutionality of the Separate Car Law” organization and appointed their chief counsel in a legal struggle culminating in the US Supreme Court decision, Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. ... read more ...

1892

Out of the Sunset Sea

1892-93 Out of the Sunset Sea is published (co-authored by daughter, Aimee)
Frederick Douglass delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World's Fair in Jackson Park in Chicago.
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A Son of Old Harry

A Son of Old Harry is a novel published by Tourgee ... read more ...

1894

An Outing with the Queen of Hearts

1894 An Outing with the Queen of Hearts is published ... read more ...

1895

The Basis in Buffalo

1895-1896 Tourgee edits The Basis in Buffalo, New York
1895 Booker T. Washington makes his famous “Atlanta Compromise” speech
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1896

Anti-Lynching Bill

Anti-Lynching Bill

1896-97 Tourgee and Harry C. Smith, an African-American state legislator from Cleveland, introduce an anti-lynching bill in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill becomes known as the Smith Act. Number of lynchings in Ohio begins to drop dramatically after passage of the bill ... read more ...

The Mortage on the Hip-Roof

The Mortage on the Hip-Roof House is published
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The War of the Standards

The War of the Standards

Tourgee wrote this Republican campaign pamphlet
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1897

Tourgee US Consul France

Tourgee US Consul France

President William McKinley appoints Tourgee as United States Consul at Bordeaux, France, where he served until his death in 1905. ... read more ...

1898

Publishes The Man Who Outlived Himself

Publishes The Man Who Outlived Himself

Tourgee's last book, The Man Who Outlived Himself, is published ... read more ...

1905

May

Tourgee dies in Bordeaux France

Tourgee dies in Bordeaux France

Tourgee dies in Bordeaux France, the result of a lengthy illness attributed to his Civil War service injuries. Tourgee’s remains are returned to Mayville for internment ... read more ...

Nov

The Niagara Movement sponsors nationwide memorial services on behalf of

The Niagara Movement sponsors nationwide memorial services on behalf of

The Niagara Movement sponsors nationwide memorial services on behalf of "Three Friends of Freedom ... read more ...

1908

Emma Tourgee attempts to have her husband’s books republished

Emma Tourgee attempts to have her husband’s books republished

Emma Tourgee attempts to have her husband’s books republished ... read more ...