Timeline: 1858

Matthias Lane Dunlap (1814–1875), horticulturalist, editor, abolitionist, and active member of the Underground Railroad, was said to have had a Depot (safe house) at his home in Savoy, IL, from around 1857 or 1858 up to the Civil War. He was a founding member of the Illinois Industrial Institute, which later became the University of Illinois.