Daniel Freeman

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Birthday
26, 1826
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Dec 30, 1908 (82)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
26, 1826
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Dec 30, 1908 (82)

About

Doctor and Civil War soldier remembered for his role in two important legal decisions of the late nineteenth century. Not only was he the first person to claim land under the 1862 Homestead Act, but as the plaintiff in the Daniel Freeman v. John Scheve case, he was also the first to argue for separation of church and state in the United States.

Before Fame

Before joining an Illinois-based Union Army regiment during the American Civil War, he received his medical training in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trivia

In 1936, his Nebraska homestead was designated a National Monument.

Family Life

His marriage to Elizabeth Wilber produced three children. He later married Agnes Suiter, his deceased brother's former fiancee. The couple raised seven children.

Associated With

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law in 1862, and Freeman seized the opportunity to claim land.