Joseph M. Root House

Joseph Root was a radical abolitionist, an attorney, mayor of Sandusky, and later a state senator and U.S. Congressman.

Joseph M. Root - Erie County Ohio Historical Society

Northern whites who thought slavery should be abolished and who assisted runaways were certainly in the minority. Although some white Ohioans became committed to the antislavery cause through their religious faith as Quakers, Presbyterians, or Congregationalists, or through their political concepts of freedom and justice in a democracy, Northern states were slow to pass laws that gave Northern slaves freedom.