Parker Pillsbury

Parker Pillsbury

Birth
Hamilton, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Jul 1898 (aged 88)
Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot Sect H plot 60
Memorial ID 110653237 · View Source
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Abolitionist, Feminist. The son of Oliver and Ann Smith Pillsbury, he was a graduate of Andover Theological seminary and was licensed to preach by the Suffolk Association of Boston. He abandoned the ministry after a year as the abolitionist movement began to foment. His belief was that organized religion supported slavery and the subjugation of women and he lectured against their views. He became a Garrisonian abolitionist with Abby Kelley Foster, Stephen S. Foster, Wendell Phillips and his mentor Nathaniel Rogers. He was a field agent, travelling at least six months of the year to the New England and ‘west' areas. He wrote articles for The National Anti-Slavery Standard, published in New York, from 1840 to 1845. He was also involved in the woman suffrage movement, editing Stanton and Anthony's paper The Revolution for two years. He helped draft the constitution for the American Equal Rights Association and was vice president of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association. Following the Civil War he advocated for the passage of a suffrage amendment for blacks and women, and did not agree with the 15th Amendment which only enfranchised black men. He called for liberal divorce laws and equal child custody laws, empowering women in the home. He also criticized racism in the feminist movement. Toward the end of his life he worked for labor and health issues. He also wrote his memoirs entitled "Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles" which was a history of the abolitionist movement as he knew it. He was memorialized in "Parker Pillsbury : radical abolitionist, male feminist" by Stacey M. Robertson.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Parker Pillsbury (22 Sep 1809–7 Jul 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110653237, citing Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .