Born: 1815-09-08 Massachusetts
Died: 1883-06-14 Illinois
Flourished: Chicago, Illinois
Zebina Eastman was a journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and abolitionist. Born to Elijah Eastman and Rebecca Hall, Zebina Eastman grew up in his hometown of North Amherst, Massachusetts. His father died in 1820 and his mother followed in 1822, leaving Zebina under the care of Israel Scott. At the age of fourteen, Eastman became an apprentice at the Amherst College Printing Office to learn the printing trade. He left his apprenticeship after eighteen months and enrolled in Hadley (MA) Academy to prepare for college. Ill-health forced Eastman to abandon his college course, and he became an employee with the
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