The Story of George Gavin Ritchie: Abolitionist


The Story of George Gavin Ritchie: Abolitionist

                  by Nellie K and William E. Edmonston

A student at Madison University,  who in 1847 made a heroic stand for his principles by publishing an antislavery editorial in his student newspaper against the fierce opposition of the university faculty. And for this act, he was expelled.
Colgate University posthumously granted George Gavin Ritchie the degree that he had been denied back in the 1840's. At commencement that year in 1998 Donald G. Ritchie, his great grandson,  walked across the stage to receive the degree.

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