John Brown (1800-1859) by Isaac A. Wetherby (1819-1904) of Iowa City, Oil on canvas, 26 3/4" x 34" in frame, c1860
Brown was a nationally significant abolitionist with substantial support in Iowa. Born in Torrington, Connecticut, May 9 1800, he led an insurrection against government in attempt to seize Harper's Ferry, October 16, 1859. This portrait of John Brown by Wetherby was painted for William Maxon of Springdale, Iowa.
Brown had deep support in Springdale. Brothers Edwin Coppock and Barclay Coppock of that town joined Brown on the raid at Harper's Ferry. Edwin was captured but Barclay escaped. Brown, Edwin Coppock , John Copeland, Shields Green and John E. Cook were executed at Charleston, Virginia, (now West Virginia) December 2, 1859.
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