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John Brown (Advocate)

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The Resume

    (May 9, 1800-December 2, 1859)
    Conductor on the Underground Railroad
    Attempted to start a nation-wide slave rebellion at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (October 16-18, 1859)
    Convicted of treason against the U.S. government
    Executed by hanging (December 2, 1859)

Why he might be annoying:

    He became convinced that he was God's selected instrument of terror against all racists.
    One night in Kansas territory, he and six followers heartlessly pulled several pro-slavery families out of their houses and proceeded to hack them to death with swords (May 23, 1856).
    He and a militia of 21 men killed innocent people at an attempt to start a slave rebellion at Harper's Ferry.
    His revolt was put down after a two day stand-off by marines under the command of Robert E. Lee.
    Two of his own sons were killed in the insurrection at Harper's Ferry.
    He was arrested after being seriously wounded in the skirmish at Harper's Ferry (October 18, 1859).
    Despite his noble intentions, he was still a murderer.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was passionately opposed to slavery.
    He helped many slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
    He dreamed of a world where blacks and whites lived together in equality.
    He scared the crap out of southern slave owners.
    He was a source of hope and inspiration for many slaves.
    He was the subject of a popular Union march song during the Civil War.

Credit: Ratman


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 84 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 6 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 24 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 9 Votes: 22.22% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 22 Votes: 36.36% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 44 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 68.42% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 27 Votes: 59.26% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 50 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 45 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 44 Votes: 52.27% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 99 Votes: 53.54% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 170 Votes: 52.35% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 279 Votes: 56.63% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 351 Votes: 47.01% Annoying