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Letter of Attorney from John B. Russwurm to Jacob G. Loving, Liberia, 1851

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Letter of Attorney from John B. Russwurm to Jacob G. Loving, Liberia, 1851

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John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851) was an American newspaper editor, abolitionist and later the governor of the Maryland colony in Liberia. A Bowdoin College alumni, he was the third African-American man to graduate from college or university in the United States. He went on to found the "Freedom's Journal" in 1828, the first black owned American newspaper. He became Governor of Liberia in 1839, and died in office in 1851.

This piece of correspondence certified that Maine lawyer Jacob G. Loving possessed the power of attorney over the Russwurm estate and was responsible for the well being of the Russwurm children during the latter's tenure in Liberia. This document would also act as a living will, as Russwurm would die later that year.

Jacob G. Loving (1780-1860) was a North Yarmouth based lawyer, remembered for his close personal and professional relationship with Russwurm. Loving acted as Russwurm's agent in the United States and cared for Russwurm's children during Sarah Russwurm's illnesses and absences.

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  • Title: Letter of Attorney from John B. Russwurm to Jacob G. Loving, Liberia, 1851
  • Creator: Russwurm, John Brown
  • Creation Date: 1851-02-28
  • Subject Date: 1851-02-28
  • Town: Cape Palmas, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on Paper
  • Dimensions: 29 cm x 36.1 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-1864
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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