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Coffin, Levi -1877 Philanthropist; born near New Garden, N. C., Oct. 28, 1798; early became interested in the welfare of the slaves in the South; financially aided on their way to Canada thousands of fugitive slaves, including Eliza Harris, who later became widely known through Uncle Tom's cabin. In April, 1847, he went to Cincinnati, O., and opened a free-labor goods store, which he operated successfully for many years. For thirty years he was president of the secret society known as the underground railroad, the purpose of which was to aid slaves in their escape by passing them on from member to member. He died in Avondale, O., Sept. 16, 1877.
The Daily Dispatch: February 9, 1861., [Electronic resource], The National Crisis. (search)