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Torrington in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

John Brown Birthplace

 
 
John Brown Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
1. John Brown Birthplace Marker
Inscription. John Brown, the abolitionist, was born at this site on May 9, 1800. He dedicated his life to ending slavery in the United States. Brown became a spokesperson for those abolitionists who believed that slavery could only be eliminated by force. He is most recognized for his 1859 raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, an event which foreshadowed the Civil War and which led to Brown's conviction for treason. The house in which he was born was destroyed by fire in 1918.
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Location. 41° 50.348′ N, 73° 10.234′ W. Marker is in Torrington, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is on John Brown Road one mile west of Town Farm Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Torrington CT 06790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Warrenton Woolen Mill (approx. 2.9 miles away); Goshen Civil War Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away); Goshen Korean War and Vietnam War Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away); Goshen French and Indian War & Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Goshen World War II Monument
Granite Marker on the Site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
2. Granite Marker on the Site
In A House
On This Site
John Brown
Was Born
May 9 1800
(approx. 3 miles away); Goshen World War I Monument (approx. 3 miles away); Goshen (approx. 3 miles away); McCall Foundation (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Torrington.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Brown Birthplace. (Submitted on April 27, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. John Brown (abolitionist) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 27, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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John Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2016
3. John Brown
This 1872 painting (detail) of John Brown (1800-1859) by Ole Peter Hansen Balling hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“There were those who noted a touch of insanity in abolitionist John Brown; he believed he had been called by God to embark on a personal crusade to end slavery. Brown and five of his sons were actively engaged in the bloody guerrilla war being waged in Kansas in 1855-56, between proslavery and anti­slavery factions. But in 1857, Brown began making plans for the 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, an event that would make him both infamous and immortal. The scheme to comman­deer firearms with which to arm a slave rebellion failed, and Brown was captured, tried, and hanged. His insurrection found favor among many northern abolitionists. In response, southerners viewed Brown as a sign that they must either break their allegiance to the Union or be destroyed by an increasingly fanatical North.” — National Portrait Gallery
John Brown Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 21, 2010
4. John Brown Birthplace Marker
The remains of the foundation surround the granite marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,095 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   3. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 27, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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