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John Brown


  • Arrived in Osawatomie in 1855
  • Used violence in his efforts to end slavery
  • Called both a hero and a villain
  • His efforts led to territory being called "Bleeding Kansas"
  • Hanged for attacking a federal arsenal in Virginia
  • Portrayed in John Steuart Curry's famous painting, Tragic Prelude, at Kansas State Capitol

Find more about John Brown on Kansaspedia; a Read Kansas! lesson M-14 Territorial Characters; and primary sources related to John Brown on Kansas Memory. John Brown was selected as one of the 25 Notable Kansans.

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