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Wikipedia entry for Professor Wilbur Henry Siebert [July 30, 2018] -> blasphemous due speculative scholarship of Yale Professor David Blight

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Wilbur Henry Siebert (30 August 1866 Columbus, Ohio – 2 September 1961 Columbus) was an educator and historian from the United States.


His father had emigrated from Frankfurt, Germany in 1832. The son graduated from Ohio State University in 1888, from Harvard in 1889 and received his A.M. at Harvard in 1890. He studied in Germany from 1890 to 1891.

In 1898, he became associate professor of European history at the Ohio State University, becoming a full professor and chairman of the history department in 1902. He served in this capacity until 1923 when he became a research professor. He was secretary of the University faculty from 1902 to 1906, and acting dean of the College of Arts, Philosophy and Science from 1907 to 1908. He was dean of the graduate school in 1917 and 1918. His father and brothers, who manufactured books, helped fund the Siebert Library of German History at Ohio State.

He also served as lecturer in history at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1907 to 1908. He traveled in Europe from 1909 to 1910. He was a member of numerous learned and other societies. He was a member of the Congregationalist Church and married Annie Ware.


He published The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom (1898–99), The Government of Ohio (1903), numerous papers relating to the dispersion of the American Loyalists, and articles on some other subjects, including a “Report on Collections of Material in English and European History in the Libraries of the United States.”

Errors in the first work above can be corrected by searching primary documents and not rely on family tales told students gathering information while at Ohio State University under Seibert PhD. The first Seibert work above contains an interview of a Northern Ohio man who claimed to be Orrin B. Gould of Portsmouth, Ohio in the above library address given but was not. This has become a popular tool today at Ohio colleges to benefit students who do not do primary document searches. as since publication of Seibert’s work many others have ruined nearly all facts connected with the Underground Railroad Era and instead have written themselves into history created by others. This has happened at nearly all southern Ohio Historical sites the last 100 years. All records are still preserved however making the current situation totally confusing for today’s people wanting to know the facts.[citation needed]




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Wikipedia entry, Wilbur Siebert

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Frederick Douglass to Wilbur Siebert about his involvement with the Underground Railroad (March, 1893)

March 27, 1893.

Mr. W. H. Siebert,
Columbus, Ohio.

Dear Sir:

My connection with the Underground Railroad began long before I left the South (1838) and was continued as long as slavery continued, whether I lived in New Bedford, Lynn, or Rochester, N.Y. In the latter place I had as as many as eleven fugitive under my roof at one time.

The route from slavery to freedom, for most of the fugitives, was through Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and thence to Canada, These fugitives were received in Philadelphia by William Still, by him sent to New York where they were cared for my Mr. David Ruggles and afterwards by Mr. Gibbs also of New York, thence to Stephen Myers at Albany; then to J. W. Loguen, Syracuse; thence to Frederick Douglass, Rochester, and thence to Hiram Wilson, St. Catherines, Canada, West.

Mr. Still has written a book called the Underground Railroad, but because I, in my power, permitted a criticism of his conduct in taking from the fugitives who passed through his hands, what was thought was wrong, I see that he has omitted to mention my name in his books, as one of the Conductors on the Underground Railroad.

Very truly yours,

Frederick Douglass.


Frederick Douglass to Wilbur Siebert, March 27, 1893. OHIO Memory Siebert Collection: Frederick Douglass.

Siebert, Wilbur Henry. The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom (1898).

Still, William. The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of the Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom, as Related by Themselves and Others Or Witnessed by the Author : Together with Sketches of Some of the Largest Stockholders and Most Liberal Aiders and Advisers of the Road. (1872) 

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