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Proceedings of the State Convention of the Colored Men of the State of Ohio, Held in the City of Columbus, January 21st, 22d and 23d, 1857.

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OHIO, 1857

children taught privately until in 1855 a law was enacted requiring public schools in the state to admit students without regard to color.

During 1851, Nell served as a correspondent for Frederick Douglass' North star, and in 1861 he was appointed by Boston postmaster John G. Palfrey as one of his clerks, becoming the first black man to hold a post under the federal government.

12. Phelimon Bliss (1813-1889), Ohio jurist and congressman, was born in North Canton, Connecticut. He attended Oneida Institute in upstate New York and later emigrated to Elyria, Ohio, where he began the practice of law. A Whig by political persuasion, his strong antislavery views carried him into the Free-Soil Party in 1848 and later into the Republican Party. In 1854 he was elected to Congress from a formerly Democratic district and was re-elected in 1856.

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