Theodore Weld

Theodore Weld was a famous abolitionist, writer and co-author of the book 'American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses', and helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society.

He is credited to have been the author of many works using pennames, and numerous anonymous pamphlets to recruit the abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher amongst others. Theodore Weld also established two schools for all races and sexes and promoted gender equality.

See below to learn more about Theodore Weld.
Date of Birth, Parents and Childhood:
Theodore Weld was born on 23 November 1803, Connecticut, to Elizabeth Clark and Ludovicus Weld; his upbringing was religious as his father and paternal grandfather were both ministers.

A story Theodore recounted often from his childhood was the experience of a six year old named Jerry, joining his class. The child was African American and segregated from his white schoolmates. When Theodore Weld asked to sit with him, the young abolitionist was met with scorn and derision from his teacher, and in turn, the rest of the class.

Date of Death:
Theodore Weld died on 3 February 1895. Massachusetts.

Spouse and Pennsylvania Hall:
Theodore Weld married Angelina Grimke, abolitionist and suffragist on 14 May 1838 in a ceremony without a minister. Guests included other abolitionists such as Angelina's sister, Sarah Grimké, Maria Weston Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry B Stanton, Gerrit Smith, Lewis Tappan, and Abby Kelley Foster. The opening event to the week long anti-slavery celebration at the newly built Pennsylvania Hall, many abolitionists and societies such as the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women were present in the days that followed. Unfortuantely, though the hall was funded by abolitionists to create a safe place to give lectures; mob mentality took over outside. Within four days, an angry crowd rioted; destroying and setting alight to the building in a protest that the fire brigade did not help to put out, but simply stopped from speading.

Theodore Weld had two sons; Charles and Theodore, and a daughter named Sarah.

Later Years:
In 1839, Theodore Weld, along with Angelina Grimké and her sister Sarah Grimke, also a suffragist and abolitionist, co-wrote 'American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses'.

Theodore assisted John Quincy Adams by heading an anti-slavery reference bureau between 1841-1843 in Washington DC. His later years were spent teaching at two schools that he co-founded in 1854 New Jersey and 1864 Massachusetts alongside his wife and sister-in-law.

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