Bland Ballard letter to Ralph Leete, March 18, 1852   Save
Bland Ballard letter to Ralph Leete, March 18, 1852
Description: Copy of a letter written by Bland Ballard of Louisville, Kentucky, inquiring about outstanding fees owed in the legal case of Peyton Polly, from the papers of Ohio Governor Reuben Wood. Ballard was a District Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky, while Leete was prosecuting attorney for Lawrence County, Ohio, and led the legal effort to secure the freedom of family members in the case of Peyton Polly. Reuben Wood was governor of Ohio from 1850 through 1853, and was closely involved with the Peyton Polly case and attempts to secure the Polly family's release. Peyton Polly and his family were freedmen living in Lawrence County, Ohio, when they were kidnapped on June 6, 1850, and sold back into slavery in Kentucky and Virginia. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS302_B02F05_56_01
Subjects: Polly, Peyton (1797-1884); African American Ohioans; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights; Law & legal affairs; Governors--Ohio;
Places: Louisville (Kentucky)