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Name:    Lovejoy, Elijah P.
Category:  African-American Experience
Born/Started:    1802
Died/Ended:    1837
Description:    In June, 1833, the Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy returned to St. Louis after graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary. He had previously edited the St. Louis Times, however, upon his return to St. Louis he became editor of the Presbyterian newspaper, the St. Louis Observer. By October 1835, his anti-slavery editorials aroused public complaint and threats of mob action against the Observer office. Lovejoy┬┤s enemies broke into his office several times and after an attack on July 21, 1837, Lovejoy moved his press to Alton, Il. He was shot to death there by a mob in November 1837.

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