Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips was a famous abolitionist and suffragist who believed that gender and race inequality were the root causes of most problems within society. He was a highly praised orator and would often give speeches to this effect. He was also the president of the American Anti-Slavery Society after fellow abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison's retirement in 1865.

See below to learn more about Wendell Phillips.
Date of Birth and Parents:
Wendell Phillips was born on 29 November 1811, Boston, to John Phillips and Sarah Walley in their home on Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts and studied law at Harvard.

Date of Death:
Wendell Phillips died of a heart attack on 2 February 1884.

Spouse:
Wendell Phillips proposed to Ann Terry Greene when she was critically ill, however, her health returned and the two were married in 1837; a relationship of which Wendell Phillips' mother did not approve. Despite Ann's lifelong mystery illness and health complications, she outlived Wendell Phillips by fourteen months.

Suffrage and Abolition:
In 1840, the couple attended the first World Anti-Slavery Convention in England, alongside William Lloyd Garrison and suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The group were dismayed that the female delegates were not allowed inside; though Wendell Phillips argued against this, the women were eventually allowed in on the basis that they were silent and were separated from the men on the spectators gallery. Whilst Wendell Phillips was a staunch abolitionist, he was also known for his support of female suffrage and assisted suffragists Lucy Stone and Susan B Anthony, becoming a member of the National Women's Rights Central Committee in the 1850's. In 1865 Wendell Phillips became the president of the American Anti-Slavery Society, taking over from Garrison; and on the fifteenth amendment, he turned his attention to women's rights and promoted equality for Native Americans.


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