9 of the Biggest Slave Owners in American History


Col Joseph Acklen

Col. Joseph A. S. Acklen of West Feliciana, Louisiana: 659 

As the second husband to “the mistress of Belmont” Adelicia Acklen, Joseph Acklen tripled the value of his wife’s million-dollar estate. They had seven Louisiana cotton plantations; the 2,000-acre Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, Tennessee; more than 50,000 acres of undeveloped land in Texas; stocks and bonds; and 659 enslaved Blacks.

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