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Coffin, Levi. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, The Reputed President of the Underground Railroad; Being a Brief History of the Labors of a Lifetime in Behalf of the Slave, with Stories of Numerous Fugitives, Who Gained Their Freedom Through His Instrumentality, and Many Other Incidents. Cincinnati, Ohio: Western Tract Society, 1876, first edition. 712 pages, edge worn covers, spine ends and corners fraying, front cover loose, owner name inside front cover, some early dampstaining on edges of pages, internally good. Engraved portraits of Levi Coffin and his wife, Catharine Coffin. Levi Coffin (1798 –1877) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, and businessman. Coffin was deeply involved in the Underground Railroad in Indiana and Ohio and his home is often called "Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad". He was nicknamed "President of the Underground Railroad" because of the thousands of slaves that are reported to have passed through his care while escaping their masters. At the urging of friends in the anti-slavery movement, he moved to Cincinnati in 1847 to operate a warehouse selling only goods produced by free labor. Following the Civil War, Coffin traveled around the Midwestern United States and abroad where he was instrumental in forming aid societies to provide food, clothing, funds, and education to the freed slaves. He retired during the 1870s and wrote a autobiography that was published a year before his death.