Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
LOVEJOY, Owen (1811-1864)

LOVEJOY, OWEN, (cousin of Nathan Allen Farwell), a Representative from Illinois; born in Albion, Maine, on January 6, 1811; attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1832; studied law but never practiced; studied theology; moved to Alton, Madison County, Ill., in 1836; ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Princeton, Ill., 1839-1856; member of the State house of representatives in 1854; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until his death in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 25, 1864; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-seventh Congress), Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-eighth Congress); interment in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: In the Norman B. Judd Papers, 1860, 9 items.
Other authors include Owen Lovejoy.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1828-1930, 1 linear foot.
The Owen Lovejoy Collection contains primarily family letters, although there is some correspondence with other antislavery leaders. The majority of the collection relating to Owen Lovejoy is between 1856 and 1864, when he was in Congress. Printed copies of Owen Lovejoy's antislavery pamphlets, speeches, and sermons are also present. There are approximately 30 items relating to Lovejoy family descendants.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the Alfred Nattie Duffie Letters, 1862-1863, 3 items.
Correspondents include Owen Lovejoy.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: ca. 1837-1863, 4 items.
The letters of Owen Lovejoy include a letter signed, Dec. 9, 1837, to J.G. Birney, secretary of the Executive Council of American Anti-Slavery Society, regarding the death of his brother and the future course of anti-slavery forces. The items also contain two signed letters from Owen Lovejoy to constituents written in 1858 regarding items sent to them. Finally, a letter from Owen Lovejoy to Cyrus Bryant written on February 16, 1863 discussing Copperhead movement in Princeton and the state of Illinois.

Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from John Charles Frémont to Owen Lovejoy written around 1861. In the letter, John Frémont writes that he disapproves of his staff appointments and is eager to get away for temporary leave.

Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from J.F. Farnsworth to an unidentified recipient recommending Simeon Whiteley for a position with the administration. The letter is also signed by E. B. Washburne and O. Lovejoy.

Papers: In the William Henry Marsh Papers, 1857-1865, approximately 60 items.
Correspondents include Owen Lovejoy.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Jesse W. Fell Papers, 1806-1957, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include Owen Lovejoy. A finding aid is available in the library.


Texas Tech University
Southwest Collection
Lubbock, TX
Papers: In the Elijah P. Lovejoy Papers, 1804-1891, 776 leaves.
Other authors include Owen Lovejoy. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Austin Wiswall Papers, ca. 1863-1912, 170 leaves.
Other authors include Owen Lovejoy. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


University of Chicago
William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1862, 1 item.
A letter from Owen Lovejoy to Charles Gallup written on June 17, 1862. In the letter, Owen Lovejoy writes that he is unable to provide a published version of a speech he made.

  • Heagle, David. The great anti-slavery agitator, Hon. Owen Lovejoy, as a gospel minister. Princeton, Ill.: Tribune Job Print, [1886].
  • Lovejoy, Joseph C. Memoir of the Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy; who was murdered in defence [sic] of the liberty of the press, at Alton, Illinois, Nov. 7, 1837, by Joseph C. and Owen Lovejoy. With an introd. by John Quincy Adams. New York: J.S. Taylor, 1838. Reprint, Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, [1970].
  • Lovejoy, Owen. An agricultural poem, by Owen Lovejoy, M.C., delivered before the Bureau County Agricultural Society, October, 1859. Princeton, Ill.: "Bureau County Republican" Book and Job Print., 1862.
  • ------. The barbarism of slavery. [Washington: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1860].
  • ------. Conduct of the war. [Washington: Scammell, printers, 1862].
  • ------. His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838-64. Edited by William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore; foreword by Paul Simon. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • ------. Human beings not property. Speech of Hon. Owen Lovejoy, of Illinois. Delivered in the House of Representatives, February 17, 1858. [Washington: Buell & Blanchard, Printers, 1858].
  • ------. The treasury note bill. [Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1858].
  • Magdol, Edward. Owen Lovejoy, Abolitionist in Congress. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1967.
  • United States. 38th Congress, 2d session, 1864-1865. Addresses on the death of Hon. Owen Lovejoy. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1864.