Joshua Reed Giddings Law Office

102 E Jefferson St, Jefferson, Ohio


Joshua R. Giddings Law Office

1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Carl Waite, Photographer June 29, 1936 WEST ELEVATION.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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For most of his professional life, this small two-room frame structure was the law office of Joshua Reed Giddings (1785-1864), abolitionist and Congressman (1838-1859). While in Congress, his unwavering objective was the elimination of slavery by every conceivable political measure--non-extension of slavery to the territories, abolition of the slave trade, even the use of the President's war powers to emancipate the slaves. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 30, 1974

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1974
Reference number
NR name
Giddings, Joshua Reed, Law Office
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
ca. 1838; 1864

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2020: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Address" & "GPS Coordinates" and Deleted "Street View" (Street View was of McDonalds located at old address. Landmark moved and no street view is currently available)
  • January 3, 2020: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Address" & "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"
  • September 5, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Adjusted GPS.
  • September 5, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger