An immigrant from London born on November 26, 1830, Richard Josiah Hinton moved to New York City in 1851. While in New York, he picked up the printer’s craft and began writing for several newspapers. Hinton advocated against slavery and moved to Kansas to report on the turbulence over the fight to expand slavery into the territories. During this time, he met John Brown. During the war, he recruited soldiers for African American regiments in Kansas. Afterward, Richard Hinton worked for the Freedman’s Bureau. Hinton continued to write and work for the federal government in several appointed positions. Hinton died suddenly while in London, England, on December 20, 1901.