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, my heart's desire and prayer to God shall be that every human soul may enjoy that liberty which is necessary to protect and cherish life, attain knowledge, and prepare for heaven. And when I shall
Erected 2016 by Ashtabula County Historical Society, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 13-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Betsey Mix Cowles (approx. 4.8 miles away); Hotel Ashtabula (approx. 8.8 miles away); Harpersfield Covered Bridge (approx. 9.4 miles away); Ashtabula Train Disaster (approx. 9.9 miles away); In Memory of Those (approx. 10 miles away); Ransom E. Olds-Birthplace (approx. 10.7 miles away); Ashtabula Harbor Commercial District (approx. 11.4 miles away); The Hubbard House (approx. 11.4 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Law Enforcement • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 4 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.