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 Gerrit Smith

Gerrit Smith

Birth
Utica, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 28 Dec 1874 (aged 77)
Peterboro, Madison County, New York, USA
Burial Peterboro, Madison County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 1375 · View Source
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Widely known philanthropist and social reformer of the mid-nineteenth century. As a nationally prominent and influential abolitionist, he played a critical role in the operations of the Underground Railroad. Gerrit Smith sold farm tracts for one dollar each to 3,000 poor African Americans, many of whom he had helped escape into freedom, with approximately 140,000 acres being transferred between 1846 and 1850. He was also an advocate for women's rights, and was highly regarded in the early years of the movement, having been mentioned in Stanton's address at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. He was an unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in 1848, 1856 and 1860. He also served in the United States Congress, and was the only avowed abolitionist to do so.

Bio by: Gerrit R Wynkoop



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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1375
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerrit Smith (6 Mar 1797–28 Dec 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1375, citing Peterboro Cemetery, Peterboro, Madison County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .