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Elizabeth Buffum Chace
Birth: Dec. 9, 1806
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1899
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Abolitionist, Social Reformer. She was born on a Tuesday to the very prominent Quaker and abolitionist Arnold Buffum and his wife Rebecca Gould. She grew up primarily, on her grandparent's farm in Smithfield, Rhode Island and attended local schools. In 1824 she attended what is now the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. The family moved to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1825. She married Samuel Buffington Chace on April 4, 1828 and would have 10 children, seven of which she would outlive. After her marriage she became earnestly involved in the anti-slavery cause after listening to the fiery speeches of her father and William Lloyd Garrison. Elizabeth, along with her sisters, founded the Fall River Anti-Slavery Society where she went door to door collecting signatures for petitions calling for the immediate abolition of slavery and the freeing of all slaves. After her first 5 children died young she and her husband moved to Valley Falls, Rhode Island where her husband helped run the Valley Falls Company, a cotton mill started by his father in 1839. The Valley Falls Company is the original antecedent of Berkshire Hathaway. Elizabeth and her husband opened up their Valley Falls home as a station on the Underground Railroad and hosted equally radical anti-slavery activists such as Frederick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and Sojourner Truth. Her radical activities and views made her a social outcast except among a small group of anti-slavery radicals like herself. Elizabeth was 60 after the Civil War when she served as vice-president of the American Anti-Slavery Society as it continued its efforts in assisting the freedmen and also turned her attentions to woman's rights and temperance. Being a devout Quaker she did not drink tea, coffee or alcohol. She helped found national women's organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Woman, and the American Woman Suffrage Association for which she served as President in the 1880's. She was also influential in founding Pembroke, the women's college at Brown University. She served as president of the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association from 1870 until her death. Her efforts led to the founding of the Rhode Island Home and School for Dependent Children in 1884. She was tireless in her efforts for the total freedom of all slaves in a time when most anti-slavery activists favored colonization. She worked endlessly in her efforts to secure education and civil rights for all women including women prisoners and prostitutes. She was honored in 2001 by the Rhode Island State House by becoming the first woman to have a bronze bust placed there. The Rhode Island domestic violence center in Warwick is named after her. Among her progeny is her son Arnold Buffum Chace who was Chancellor of Brown University. Her two grandsons were Edward Chace Tolman who did pioneering work in Behavioral Psychology and his older brother Richard Chace Tolman who was a professor of Mathematical Physics and Physical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology as well as a scientific advisor on the Manhattan Project and Chief Advisor for the United States to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. Malcolm Green Chace III, a great-great grandson, was a Director of Berkshire Hathaway. She died on a Tuesday just 3 days after her 93rd birthday. (bio by: Matthew Fatale) 
Family links: 
  Arnold Buffum (1782 - 1859)
  Rebecca Gould Buffum (1781 - 1872)
  Samuel Buffington Chace (1800 - 1870)
  Adelia Bartlett Chace (1832 - 1839)*
  Susan Elizabeth Chace (1834 - 1837)*
  John Gould Chace (1837 - 1842)*
  Oliver Chace (1841 - 1843)*
  Samuel Oliver Chace (1843 - 1867)*
  Arnold Buffum Chace (1845 - 1932)*
  Elizabeth Buffum Chace Wyman (1847 - 1929)*
  Edward Gould Chace (1849 - 1871)*
  Mary Elizabeth Chace Tolman (1852 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
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- Bonnie Rickman
 Added: Jun. 24, 2015
On the anniversary of your parting from this world. Your deeds sparked your legacy, which has helped thousands of women and children from lifetimes of pain and suffering, if not death. Rest in peace, dear heart.
- Teri S
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014
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