Henry B. Stanton

Born in Griswold, Connecticut, Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-87) is probably best remembered as the husband of feminist advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton. He became an abolitionist while a student at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati and was among the fifty "Lane Rebels" who withdrew in 1834 when the school prohibited their antislavery efforts. After his resignation, Stanton joined James G. Birney on a lecture tour in the northeast. He became active in the American Anti-Slavery Society and by 1837 served on its Executive Committee. Between 1837 and 1840, Stanton increasingly challenged the Garrisonian doctrine of "non-resistance," insisting that abolitionists had a moral duty to use political means to achieve antislavery reforms. Unlike many of his "new organization" colleagues, Stanton endorsed women abolitionists’ right to hold office, lecture, and participate fully in the antislavery movement. A prolific writer, Stanton’s articles appeared in abolitionist journals, political and religious papers, and Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. After the Civil War, he contributed regularly to the New York Sun. Politically active, Stanton supported at various times the Liberty, Free Soil, Republican, and Democratic parties. Henry B. Stanton, Random Recollections (Johnstown, N.Y., 1885), 26, 34, 52; Aileen Kraditor, Means and Ends in American Abolitionism: Garrison and His Critics on Strategy and Tactics (New York, 1967), 68n, 120-24; Sorin, The New York Abolitionists, 63-67; Sewell, Ballots for Freedom, 156-59; NCAB, 2:331; DAB, 17:524-25.

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