HON. ROBERT HARLAN.
Resident in England Ten Years—Legislator—Fugitive from Prejudice.
COLONEL ROBERT HARLAN was born in Mecklen¬
burg county, Virginia, December 12, 1816. His
father was a white man, and his mother three parts
white. Coming to Kentucky when eight years of age, he
was brought up by the Hon. James Harlan, father of the
Hon. John M. Harlan, at present associate justice of the
Supreme Court of the United States.
As a boy, Mr. Harlan was bright, intelligent, and ambi¬
tious ; and although a slave under the law, he was allowed
unusual freedom. There were no schools in Kentucky for
colored people, and no provisions for their education; but
he was taught the elements of an education by Mr. Har¬
lan's older sons, and with this start he displayed an intel¬
ligence beyond what was usual with the better class of
his race. Allowed to hire his time, as was not unfre"
<quent in slave States, he learned the barber's trade in
Louisville, and opened and, conducted a barber shop in
Harrodsburg, and subsequently a grocery at Lexington.
In 1848 he went to California, where, in a short time he
-amassed a fortune of forty-five thousand dollars in gold,