Chapman, Maria Weston, 1806-1885

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Birth 1806-07-25
Death 1885-07-12

Biographical notes:

Maria Weston Chapman was a New England anti-slavery activist, writer, and editor.

From the description of Maria Weston Chapman letters, 1839 and 1884. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 49016462

Abolitionist Maria Weston Chapman was born in Weymouth, Mass., to Warren and Anne (Bates) Weston. In 1830 she married Henry Grafton Chapman, who encouraged her interest in abolition. She helped organize the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and was active in the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and the New England Non-Resistance Society. Chapman edited the autobiography of her friend Harriet Martineau (published 1877). For additional biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971).

From the description of Papers, 1839-1879 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007209

Maria Weston Chapman, b. July 25, 1806, Weymouth, Mass, d. July 12, 1885, Weymouth; along with several sisters, played instrumental role in anti-slavery movement and was a close associate of radical abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison; organizer of annual Anti-Slavery Fairs; edited annual anti-slavery publication, The Liberty Bell; lived in Europe between 1848 and 1855 where she continued her anti-slavery activities.

Sarah Hussey Earle, b. August 26, 1799, d. March 9, 1858; wife of John Milton Earle. Worcester politician and newspaper editor; member of Worcester Anti-Slavery Sewing Circle; helped organize anti-slavery fairs.

From the description of Letter to S.H. Earle, [1856?]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 57423182


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