Buxton, Thomas Fowell, Sir, 1786-1845

Thomas Fowell Buxton was born on April 1, 1786 in Essex, England. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with high honors. Buxton's interest in prison reform led him to publish a book entitled Inquiry into Prison Discipline, based on his inspection of London's Newgate Prison. In 1822 Buxton succeeded William Wilberforce as leader of the campaign in the House of Commons for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. He joined Wilberforce and others in founding the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in 1823. Buxton's ideas, expressed in The African Slave Trade and Its Remedy (1839), inspired the British government to send an expedition to the Niger River Delta in 1841. The expedition failed and was soon recalled. Buxton died on February 19, 1845 in Norfolk, England.

From the description of The papers of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1804-1847 (inclusive), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122543502

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