From Ohio History Central
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Reproduction of a portrait depicting Joshua Reed Giddings (1795-1864), who kept a station on the Underground Railroad at his home in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio. The image was collected by Ohio State University professor Wilbur H. Siebert (1866-1961).
Joshua Reed Giddings was a prominent abolitionist, lawyer, and politician, who spent most of his life in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The Ashtabula County Historical Society maintains Giddings's former law office as a museum.
In 1806, Giddings, at eleven years of age, moved with his family to Ashtabula County, Ohio from Pennsylvania. He received no formal education, spending most of his youth working on his father's farm. Despite his lack of education, Giddings was an avid reader, and in 1821, he succeeded in passing the Ohio bar exam. He spent the next sixteen years earning a living as an attorney. He had his law office built in 1823, and Giddings practiced law in this building, which was located near his home, until he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1837.
At the time of this writing, the Giddings Law Office Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The building houses Giddings's original desk, as well as his law library.
- Julian, George Washington. The Life of Joshua R. Giddings. Chicago, IL: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1892.
- Stewart, James Brewer. Joshua R. Giddings and the Tactics of Radical Politics. Cleveland, OH: Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1970.