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David Shribman: Elijah Parish Lovejoy died in defense of free speech

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WATERVILLE, Maine — He was born on a pioneer farm 14 miles east of here, graduated first in his class from the tiny Baptist college planted precariously on a barren bank of the Kennebec, set out West to become a river-town schoolteacher, prepared for the ministry, drifted into journalism — always remaining true to the teachings of his church, his family and the hymns they sang around a crude Ma

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