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Ezra Greenleaf Weld, 26 Oct 1801 - 14 Oct 1874  Search this
Gerrit Smith, 6 Mar 1797 - 28 Dec 1874  Search this
Two-thirds plate daguerreotype
Image: 14 x 10.8 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/4")
Case Open: 15.2 x 24.1 x 1.2 cm (6 x 9 1/2 x 1/2")
Case Closed: 15.2 x 12.1 x 1.8 cm (6 x 4 3/4 x 11/16")
c. 1854
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Born Utica, New York
An avid reformer and philanthropist who used his own considerable fortune to support charitable causes, Gerrit Smith became one of the nation's leading abolitionists after joining the antislavery movement in 1835. Smith was a friend to radical abolitionist John Brown, who brought his family to live in a settlement that Smith had founded in the Adirondacks as a refuge for free blacks and fugitive slaves. In 1859 Smith secretly helped to finance Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, but in the aftermath of the raid's failure, he denied knowledge of Brown's plans and briefly suffered a mental breakdown.
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Gerrit Smith: Male  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Literature\Writer  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Social Reformer  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New York  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Temperance  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of an anonymous donor
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