145 Aurora St. | Rev. William Hanford House​

145 Aurora St. | Rev. William Hanford House​


Abolitionist Reverend Beriah Green (1794-1878), professor of sacred literature at Western Reserve College, once occupied this home. Green was hired at the Western Reserve College in 1831 as the professor of Sacred Literature. He regularly spoke out against colonizationists and preached against the evils of slavery. ​


Green was a key figure in the abolition versus colonization controversy at the Western Reserve College. Green delivered four sermons in the college chapel on consecutive Sundays in 1832, calling colonizationists "guilty of rank impiety and gross hypocrisy," and said that "if one is not for abolition he is for slavery" and characterizing them as unchristian and pro-slavery. Green also brought the abolition debate into the classroom, further angering much of the colonization-supporting College trustees. ​


Green resigned from the college in June 1833, shortly after the Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York, invited Green to become their President. The Institute under Green became an abolitionist college and a hotbed of anti-slavery activity.