John Hossack: Abolitionist, Underground Railway Railroad Conductor and Station Master, Canal Builder, Merchant, Fugitive Slave Law Violator, Spark for the Civil War.



John Hossack of Ottawa, Illinois.  Abolitionist, Underground Railway Conductor, Canal Builder.  Grain and Lumber Merchant.  Crusader for Human Rights and Liberty.  Man of God.  He feared God and loved his Fellow Man.



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Anon. Biographical Encyclopedia of Illinois of the Nineteenth Century, Galaxy Publishing, Philadelphia, 1875.

Anon. In Memoriam, John Hossack. The Republican Times, Ottawa, Illinois, 1892.

Anon. John Hossack Descent Chart. ("The Wheel") 1919.

Anon. John Edwin Scott 1843-1918. Privately Printed, Chicago (Preface by Myra Hossack Kingsbury), 1930.

Anon. Ottawa: Old and New, A Complete History of Ottawa, Illinois, The Republican Times, Ottawa, Illinois, 1912-1914.

Drury, John. Old Illinois Houses. U. of Chicago Press, Chicago 1941 (Reprinted 1977).

Hoffman, U.J. A History of LaSalle County. 1906.

Hosack Family, The Family of John J. Hosack and Martha Barnes Hosack, Henry Hall, Inc., Indiana PA, 1962.

Hossack, Frederick Newton. A History, Unpublished Letter, 1939.

Hossack, Henry Lenz. Letter to Mrs. John Shufelt, 1917.

Natta, Larry. Canal Town, Ottawa Visitors Center, Ottawa,2000.

Monaghan, Jay.  The Man Who Elected Lincoln.  Bobbs-Merrill Co. New York, 1956.

Scott, George Tressler. One Hundred Years of the Thomas Scott Family, a History 1856-1956. Montclair Press, Montclair N.J. 1957.

Shufelt, Mrs. John.  "When Lisbon Was a Prairie." Kendall County Record, Yorkville, IL, 1917.

Siebert, Wilbur H. The Underground Railway (Railroad) from Slavery to Freedom. MacMillan, New York 1898.

Turner, Glennette Tilley. Running for our Lives. Holiday House, New York, 1994

Turner, Glennette Tilley. The Underground Railroad in Illinois. Newman Educational Publishing Company
ISBN #: 0-938990-05-5. 2001



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This website is produced by Jay W. Preston to honor John Hossack, the Abolitionist of Ottawa, Illinois.  The father dedicates this to his son, Yujin Jay Preston (1979-1999), daughter Elika, and daughter Yuli, great great great grandchildren of John Hossack. Permission to reprint this material is granted when this notice is included in full.  2000 - 2010 Jay W. Preston.  For information, comments or contributions of time, money, information, materials, or manpower to this site: E-mail Copyrights of works cited, quoted, or excerpted remain with the respective owners, if not in public domain.