Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873

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Merchant and antislavery leader.

From the description of The papers of Lewis Tappan [microform], 1809-1903. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29852969

Abolitionist from New York State; assisted the Amistad slaves; among the founders of the American Missionary Association in 1846, which began more than 100 anti-slavery Congregational churches throughout the Midwest, and after the American Civil War, founded numerous schools and colleges to aid in the education of freedmen.

From the description of Lewis Tappan scrapbooks, 1847-1860. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 727069401

Abolitionist, merchant, and publisher.

From the description of Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903 (bulk 1809-1872). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061361

Lewis Tappan (1788-1873) was a merchant and abolitionist.

From the description of Scrapbooks, 1835-1858. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191276833

American merchant and abolitionist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Brooklyn, to Horace Greeley, 1867 Nov. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574547

Founder of Mercantile Agency (now Dun and Bradstreet), among the founders of New York Journal of Commerce, Amistad Committee, American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, American Missionary Association.

From the description of Collection. 1845-46. (Ascension Parish School). WorldCat record id: 20312276

Lewis Tappan (1788-1873) was an American abolitionist. He was the brother of Ohio Senator Benjamin Tappan and abolitionist Arthur Tappan. Sir James Ross (1800-1862) was a British naval officer and explorer.

From the guide to the Lewis Tappan Letter, 1844, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Biographical Note

  • 1788, May 23: Born, Northhampton, Mass.
  • 1813: Married Susan Aspinwall (died 1853)
  • 1828 - circa 1837 : Partner with brother Arthur and credit manager, Arthur Tappan & Co., silk jobbers in New York, N.Y.
  • 1828 - 1831 : Owned and published Journal of Commerce, New York, N.Y.
  • 1833: One of the founders of the New York Anti-Slavery Society and the American Anti-Slavery Society
  • 1839 - 1841 : Member of the committee that undertook to secure the freedom of the captives on the slave ship Amistad
  • 1840: Founder and first treasurer, American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society
  • 1841 - 1849 : Established and operated the Mercantile Agency, the first commercial credit-rating agency in America, under the firm name of Lewis Tappan & Co.
  • 1843: Attended General Anti-slavery Convention, London, England
  • 1846: A founder of the American Missionary Association
  • 1850, ca.: Participated, after passage of the Fugitive Slave Law, in “underground railroad” activities
  • 1854: Married Mrs. Sarah J. Davis
  • 1855: Joined the American Abolition Society
  • 1870: Published The Life of Arthur Tappan. New York: Hurd and Houghton
  • 1873, June 21: Died, Brooklyn, N.Y.

From the guide to the Lewis Tappan Papers, 1809-1903, (bulk 1809-1872), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

  • 1788 May 23: Born in Northampton, Ma., son of Benjamin and Sarah (Homes) Tappan.
  • 1813 Sept. 7: First marriage to Susanna Aspinwall, union produced six children.
  • 1823 - 1837 : Merchant in various capacities. Enters into partnership with his brother Arthur.
  • 1833: One of the founders of the New York Anti-Slavery Society.
  • 1839 - 1841 : Leader in the movement to secure the freedom of Joseph Cinque and the Amistad captives.
  • 1840: With the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society, Tappan led the formation of the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and served as its treasurer.
  • 1841 - 1849 : Established The Mercantil Agency as the first successful commercial credit rating agency in the country under the name Lewis Tappan and Co.
  • 1843: Attended international Anti-Slavery convention in London at the suggestion of John Quincy Adams.
  • 1846: Helped in the founding of the American Missionary Association and served as its treasurer.
  • 1849: Retired from his enterprise to devote his life to humanitarian causes.
  • 1854: Second marriage, to Mrs.-Sarah J. Davis.
  • 1855: Resigned as Correspondence Secretary of the American and Foreign Anti-Slave Society to accept office in the more militant Abolition Society.
  • 1873 June 21: Died in Brooklyn, New York.

From the guide to the Lewis Tappan Collection, 1847-1860, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

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creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Autograph letter signed : Brooklyn, to Horace Greeley, 1867 Nov. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Clarkson, Thomas, 1760-1846. Papers, 1814-1846. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874. Letter : Peterboro, N.Y., to Lewis Tappan, n.p., 1848 May 6. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Oberlin College. Treasurer's Office. Records, 1822-1866. Oberlin College Library
referencedIn Bacon Family., 1824-1879. Papers. Letters. 1824-1879. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Western Anti-slavery Society. Records of the Western Anti-slavery Society, 1834-1858. Library of Congress
referencedIn Weld-Grimké family papers, 1740-1930, 1825-1893 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903 (bulk 1809-1872). Library of Congress
referencedIn Society for the Promotion of Christianity in India. Records, 1825-1849 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Lewis Tappan Collection, 1847-1860 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. ALS, [18]52 May 26 : Norwich [Eng.] to "Dear friend" / A. Opie. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Connecticut Historical Society. Mission societies, Certificates. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Elizur Wright Papers, 1793-1935, (bulk 1830-1885) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Gerrit Smith Papers, 1762-1962 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873. Collection, 1824-1881. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Weld family. Weld-Grimké family papers, 1740-1930, bulk 1825-1893. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Papers 1795-1857. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. Letter. Jan. 27, 1870, Boston, [Mass.] to Lewis Tappan. Haverford College Library
referencedIn McQueen, John, 1804-1867. Papers, 1850-1859. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn American Home Missionary Society. Archives. 1816-1936. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Scrapbooks, 1835-1858. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Sturge, Joseph, 1793-1859. Joseph Sturge Papers: Correspondence with Joseph & Lydia Sturge, circa 1841-1855. Swarthmore College, FRIENDS HIST LIBR
creatorOf Goodell, William, 1792-1878. The William Goodell Family Papers 1780-1892 1820-1878 Berea College, Hutchins Library
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. The papers of Lewis Tappan [microform], 1809-1903. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. Henry Clay letters, 1825-1851. Newberry Library
referencedIn Merrill, Samuel, 1792-1855. Correspondence. 1812-1834. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Finney, Charles Grandison, 1792-1875. [Papers] 1817-1875. Oberlin College Library
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Beverley, J. H. C.,. Papers : of the related Morton and Dickinson families of Orange and Caroline counties, Va., 1727-1978. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1861. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. Letter. March 3, 1870, Boston, [Mass.] to Lewis Tappan. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Lewis Tappan Papers, 1809-1903, (bulk 1809-1872) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Letter. 16 10 mo. 1870, Amesbury, to [Lewis Tappan]. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James G. Birney papers, Birney, James G. papers, 1816-1884, 1820-1856 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn African American History collection, African American history collection, 1729-1970, 1800-1865 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Collection. 1845-46. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf Lewis Tappan Letter, 1844 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn B. A. G. Fuller autograph collection, 1620-1920. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Barney, Hiram. Papers of Hiram Barney, 1772-1924 (bulk 1836-1894). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. James G. Birney papers, 1816-1884, bulk 1820-1856. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Finney, Charles Grandison, 1792-1875. Papers, 1817-1875. Oberlin College Library
creatorOf Story, Joseph, 1779-1845. Papers, 1796-1844. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hunt, Ebenezer, 1799-1880. Correspondence, 1815-1864. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn American Missionary Association. Minnesota files, 1847-1882 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Afro-American collection, 1688-1896. New Haven Colony Historical Society Library
referencedIn Amistad Schooner case collection, 1839-1968. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Cheever-Wheeler family. Papers, 1773-1979. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874. Letter : Peterboro, N.Y., to Lewis Tappan, n.p., 1848 May 6. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Important intelligence from Liberia [a letter] New York, Nov. 24, 1838, and to Lewis Tappan, Esq., New York, U.S. America, via London [a letter in reply] by Louis Sheridan, Edina, Liberia, 16th July, 1838. California State University, Long Beach
creatorOf Spooner, Lysander, 1808-1887. Lysander Spooner papers, 1844-1886. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Leggett, William, 1801-1839. Letter, 1838 November 22 : New Rochelle, New York to Lewis Tappan. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Leggett, William, 1801-1839. Letter, 1838 November 22 : New Rochelle, New York to Lewis Tappan. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Wright, Elizur, 1804-1885. Elizur Wright papers, 1793-1935 (bulk 1830-1885). Library of Congress
referencedIn Gallison, John, 1788-1820. Diaries, 1807-1820. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Lewis Tappan scrapbooks, 1847-1860. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Olmstead, Aaron Barlow, b. 1812. Aaron Barlow Olmstead papers, 1839-1885. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Worcester, Noah, 1758-1837. Papers, 1783-1869 (bulk 1816-1837). Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Willard Fiske letters [manuscript], 1875 and 1879. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Barton Rogers papers, Bulk, 1834-1882, 1804-1950 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Hale, John P. (John Parker), 1806-1873. Hale-Chandler papers, 1777-1873. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. Letters of Henry Clay [manuscript], 1834-1848. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Finney, Charles Grandison, 1792-1875. Charles Grandison Finney papers, 1817-1878 (inclusive), 1824-1875 (bulk), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. African American History collection, 1729-1970, bulk 1800-1865. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Mercantile Agency, (New York, New York) (1841-47). Papers. 1841-47. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf Fletcher, Calvin, 1798-1866. Indiana lawyers and politicians collection, 1831-1889. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Seward, Frederick William, 1830-1915. Letters from Frederick William Seward and Lewis Tappan, 1864. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Broadway Tabernacle Church and Society Papers, 1835-1980 (bulk 1840-1970) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Dun & Bradstreet Corporation records, 1831-1990 Baker Library, Harvard Business School
creatorOf Greenough, William Whitwell, 1819-1899. Letters received, 1850-1892. Boston Athenaeum
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