Levi Coffin. 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 the Stories of Numerous Fugitives, Who Gained
Their Freedom Through His Instrumentality…. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke
& Co., 1880.
Levi Coffin (1798-1867), a Quaker and successful merchant, along with
his wife Catharine, helped thousands of slaves on their way North and
to Canada on the Underground Railroad. Raised in a religious Southern
family who never owned slaves, Coffin hated oppression. Coffin stated
that the Bible did not mention race when it urged people to be charitable
to one another. Because of his prominent role in helping slaves to freedom,
Coffin’s home was given the title of “Grand Central Station”
and he, the “President” of the Underground Railroad.