was born on January 4, 1789
in Sussex County, New Jersey
. Raised as a Quaker
was an abolitionist
that worked closely with John Quincy Adams
to stop the annexation
(preventing the spread of slavery
After seeing chain gangs being driven through Wheeling, Virginia Benjamin Lundy wrote in his diary:
My heart was greatly grieved by the great abomination. I heard the wail of the captive; I felt his pang of distress, and the iron entered my soul.
According to an article by R. H. Taneyhill
in J. A. Caldwell's History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties
was, "the first American
citizen who declared American slavery
Benjamin Lundy founded the Union Humane Society, an anti-slavery organization in 1815. In 1821 he founded and began editing the Genius of Universal Emancipation, as well as the National Enquirer (later renamed the Pennsylvania Freeman) in 1835.
In 1829 Lundy was joined by William Lloyd Garrison in Baltimore as an editor for the Genius of Universal Emancipation.
Benjamin Lundy died on August 22, 1839 in Lowell, Illinois.
Frances E. W. Harper had this praise for him (an excerpt from Then and Now, a poem):
To Lundy, whose heart was early stirred
To speak for freedom an earnest word;
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