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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Morris Birkbeck  

Pen Name: Jonathan Freeman

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: 1764, in Settle England

Died: 1825


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Illinois Connection

Birkbeck lived in the south of Edwards County in the Illinois territory. He founded Wanborough, just two miles west of what is now known as Albion. He also briefly served as the Secretary of State of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Morris Birkbeck was an English agricultural innovator, author/publicist, anti-slavery campaigner and early 19th-century pioneer.


Published Works

  • Notes on a Journey in America from the Coast of Virginia to the Territory of Illinois,Palala Press,1817
  • Letters from Illinois,Palala Press,1818


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