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Hicks Elias

Hicks, Elias, was born in Long Island, U.S.A., in 1748, and brought up as a carpenter. Under the influence of strong religious convictions he joined the Society of Friends, becoming an eloquent preacher and able organiser. Towards the end of his life he adopted independent views as to the Divinity of Christ, and founded a new sect called the Hicksites, dying in 1830. Hicks was one of the earliest opponents of slavery, and refused to use any products of slave labour.