John Graham

From Ohio History Central

Ohioan John Graham was an important social reformer during the first part of the nineteenth century.

Born in 1798, Graham dedicated his life to God. In 1841, he became the pastor of the West Union Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in West Union, Ohio. In his church, Graham encouraged his parishioners to join the abolitionist movement. Graham, himself, used his home, completed in 1842 and named Pleasant Hill, in West Union to help escaped slaves to flee to Canada along the Underground Railroad.

In 1849, Graham contracted cholera, a common ailment in the United States of America at this time. Graham soon died and was buried in the West Union South Cemetery. His parishioners continued to help the abolitionist cause, making West Union an important center of anti-slave sentiment.