- U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
- Irish Free State.
Origin of Free State
First recorded in 1640–50
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The Chairman then asked who commanded the free-state men at Lawrence.
Four or five Free-State men were butchered during the day in all.
This election had been called by the Free-State men to be held October 9th.
Other Free-State men see the victory of their principles with joy.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
There was no violence and no contest; the free-state men had no separate candidate.The Anti-Slavery Crusade
- a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop: 2 950 661 (2004 est). Area: 129 480 sq km (49 992 sq miles)
- US history (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
- short for Irish Free State