This small collection chiefly contains correspondence between lawyer John Alexander
Wills (1819-1891) and his wife, Charlotte Le Moyne Wills (1824-1908), before and during the American Civil
John Alexander Wills (1819-1891) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October
21, 1819. Wills graduate from Washington College in Washington, Pennsylvania, in
1837 and received a law degree from the Law School of Harvard College in 1840. After
graduation, Wills was admitted into the bar of Pennsylvania in 1841 and practiced in
the courts of Pittsburgh. Suffragist and philanthropist Charlotte Le Moyne Wills (1824-1908) was born in
Washington, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1824, the eldest daughter of surgeon,
philanthropist, and reformer Dr. Francis Julius Le Moyne. In her younger years,
people called her "the little abolitionist," and runaway slaves were housed in the
family's barn as part of the Underground Railroad. Le Moyne graduated from Washington
Female Seminary and married John Alexander Wills in 1848.
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