Jefferson in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Joshua R. Giddings Law Office
This building served as the law office to Joshua Reed Giddings, a Whig congressman who advocated for the abolition of slavery and an end to the domestic slave trade. Born in 1795, much of Giddings' young life was occupied by working on his father's farm. After serving in the War of 1812, he began to study law, gaining admittance to the bar in 1821. A successful lawyer, Giddings was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1826. In 1837, he was elected as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he quickly established himself as a staunch opponent of slavery. In 1854, he joined the Republican Party, contributing greatly to the platform during the party's conventions of 1856 and 1860. As reward for his dedication, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as consul- general to Canada, where he served until his death in 1864.
An excerpt from Congressman Joshua R. Giddings' farewell speech to the House of Representatives in 1859: "[...] And I beg to assure you, Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, that whether in public or in private life, in prosperity or in adversity, whether living or dying,
Erected 2016 by Ashtabula County Historical Society, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 13-4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Government & Politics • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 41° 44.291′ N, 80° 45.786′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker is on East Jefferson Avenue 0.1 miles east of Market Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jefferson OH 44047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Betsey Mix Cowles (approx. 4.8 miles away); Hotel Ashtabula (approx. 8.8 miles away); Henry Kalinowski (approx. 9 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); This Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); Lance Corporal Kevin M. Cornelius, USMC (approx. 9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 7. submitted on August 19, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.