On this day in 1837 Elijah Lovejoy, pastor (graduate of old Princeton) and abolitionist was killed by an angry mob right across the river from St. Louis in Alton, IL. During the slavery area, Lovejoy wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slave holders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837. There's a monument to Lovejoy
in Alton that I've never gotten over to see -- I'll have to add that to my list of things to do. Here's a picture of the monument:
Alton was also the home of the world's tallest man Robert Wadlow, and there's a statue of him in Alton, too. It's life-sized...over eight feet tall.
Thanks to Francis for calling my attention to the anniversary of Lovejoy's death.