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JOHNSON, Oliver, editor, born in Peacham, Vermont, 27 December, 1809. He served a printer's apprenticeship in the office of the "Watchman," at Montpelier, Vermont, and in 1831 became the editor of the newly established "Christian Soldier." From 1865 till 1870 he was managing editor of the "Independent," after which he became the editor of the "Weekly Tribune," which post he resigned in 1872 to become editor of the "Christian Union." He was active in the cause of anti-slavery as lecturer and editor, and was one of the twelve that organized the New England anti-slavery society in 1832 He has published "William Lloyd Garrison and his Times, or Sketches of the Anti-slavery Movement in America" (Boston, 1880).--His wife, Mary Ann, born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, 24 August, 1808; died in New York, 8 June, 1872, was assistant matron in the female state-prison at Sing Sing, N. Y., and promoted the reforms introduced at that period. Subsequently she lectured on anatomy and physiology to women.
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