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Biography of Wendell Phillips


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Phillips, Wendell. An American orator and abolitionist. Born in Boston, MA, November 29, 1811. He was graduated at Harvard in 1831, studied law there, and was called to the bar in 1834. But before clients came, he had been drawn away from his profession to the real work of his life. A timely speech in Faneuil Hall in 1837, made him at once the principal orator of the Anti-slavery Party, and henceforth, until the president's proclamation of January 1, 1863, he was Garrison's loyal and valued ally, his lectures and addresses doing more for their cause than can well be estimated. He also championed the cause of temperance, and that of women, and advocated the rights of the Indians. Wendell Phillips died in Boston, 1884.