John Thomas was an abolitionist and a newspaper editor. In 1852, Thomas was serving as the assistant editor for Frederick Douglass’ self-titled newspaper in Rochester.
“That summer and fall, Douglass all but surrendered the editorship of his paper and allowed Julia Griffiths and his assistant, John Thomas, to take the reins.”
John Thomas died on March 5, 1866 at the age of 74. He was buried in Hope Cemetery in Galesburg, Illinois.
Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 40.946981, -90.376483
 David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 268.