Historical photo of Sherman M. Booth (1812 - 1904)





1812 - 1904

Sherman M. Booth

An abolitionist, Booth gained widespread fame through the Joshua Glover incident. Glover, a runaway slave who was captured and jailed in Milwaukee under the Fugitive Slave Law, was set free by a mob allegedly organized and incited by Booth. He and two others were convicted. After a six-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Booth was pardoned by President James Buchanan in 1861.