Men of Mark
Robert James Harlan (1816-1897)
Description: Print of Robert James Harlan (1816-1897), businessman, army officer, and civil rights leader. During the California Gold Rush, Harlan accumulated gold worth $ 90,000 which he invested in real estate in Cincinnati. He built the first school in Cincinnati for African-American children. In 1875, Harlan raised a battalion of 400 African-Americans and was commissioned as a Colonel by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Harlan's unit was the forerunner of the 94th Ohio Battalion. As a member of the Ohio Legislature in 1886, Harlan worked to obtain the repeal of the "Black Laws".