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 William Clough Bloss

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William Clough Bloss

  • Birth 19 Jan 1795 Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 18 Apr 1863 Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 10843863

Social Reformer. He was one of the founders of the Anti-Slavery movement and the publisher of the early Civil Rights paper "The Rights of Man". The inscription on his monument gives a fairly accurate account of his life and works: "A Tribune of the People. In 1826 being convinced that the use of spirituous liquors was an evil, he emptied the contents of the bar of his tavern into the canal near this site. He was instrumental in establishing a Temperance Society in every town in this county. He was the promoter of the Free School Law. He was one of the originators of the Anti-Slavery movement, and in 1843 he published one of the first Anti-Slavery papers "The Rights of Man." In 1838 he advocated the ballot for women. In 1845, while a representative in Albany, in rebuke of the caste prejudice of the day, he left his seat among the Whites at a communion service and seating himself with the separated Blacks, partook of the sacrament with them. In 1856 he supplemented the presentation of a rifle to each member of the Massachusetts Colonists en route to Kansas, by the gift of a Bible and spelling book "to establish civil and religious liberty in Kansas." In 1856 during the Fremont campaign, he originated and circulated a map showing the area and aggressions of the Slave Power, which was so unanswerable an argument as to be excluded from the southern mails. He favored unrestricted immigration. For years he was self appointed Chaplain of the county jail and his ministry to the needy, the destitute and the helpless continued throughout his life. A thinker in advance of his age, an orator on whose lips the people hung, he boldly championed unpopular truths, consecrated his gifts to God and humanity."

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  • Added: 23 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10843863
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Clough Bloss (19 Jan 1795–18 Apr 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10843863, citing Brighton Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .