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A formal portrait of abolitionist Reverend Pardee Butler, 1816-1888, taken by photographer M. A. Kleckner of Atchison, Kansas. Butler, who was one of the initial founders of the anti-slavery Republican Party in Kansas in the early 1850s, homesteaded a farm on Stranger Creek about twelve miles from Atchison, Kansas Territory in early 1855. On August 18, 1855, Butler was set upon by pro-slavery men in Atchison and set adrift on the Missouri River in a crudely-constructed log raft. Butler, who could not swim, survived the experience.

Date: Between 1865 and 1875

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Item Number: 642
Call Number: B , Butler,Pardee , *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 642

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