Wilbur Henry Siebert was born in Columbus, Ohio, on August 30, 1866. Siebert completed his undergraduate work at Ohio State University in 1888. From there, he went to Harvard for his master’s degree, followed by studies at various universities in Germany. He eventually returned to Columbus to teach history and political science at Ohio State, where he remained for the rest of his career. Siebert became very interested in Ohio’s role in the Underground Railroad. With the help of his students, Siebert assembled a great deal of evidence on the Underground Railroad including testimonies from survivors. Wilbur Siebert died on September 2, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio.
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