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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 information about John Brown in Kansaspedia and the Read Kansas! lesson M-14 Territorial Characters. Primary sources belonging to John Brown may be viewed on Kansas Memory.

In 2011, John Brown was selected as one of the 25 notable Kansans by Governor Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas history.

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