John Bigelow

1817 - 1911

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John Bigelow (1817-1911) was a New York lawyer, politician, and editor of the New York Evening Post. He was a strong supporter of the anti-slavery movement and was appointed by President Lincoln as Charg√© d’affaires in Paris where he was instrumental in working to keep France from joining the South during the Civil War. He later helped found the New York Public Library.