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James Lemen

James Lemen Sr. was a preacher who fought in the Revolutionary War and was an early proponent of the abolition of slavery. He was a protege of Thomas Jefferson, and it is believed that he had an agreement with Jefferson[1] to move to Illinois and promote abolitionism in the new state. Lemen's leadership had an impact on both Indiana[2] and Illinois in becoming "free soil" states.


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