- NAME: Martin Robison Delany
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Doctor, Surgeon, Editor
- BIRTH DATE: May 06, 1812
- DEATH DATE: January 24, 1885
- EDUCATION: Harvard Medical School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Charles Town (now West Virginia), Virginia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Xenia, Ohio
- AKA: Martin R. Delany
- AKA: Martin Delany
- Full Name: Martin Robison Delany
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Abolitionist Martin Robison Delany was both a physician and newspaper editor, and became one of the most influential and successful anti-slavery activists of the 19th century.
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Born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia), on May 6, 1812, Martin Robison Delany spent his life working to end slavery. He was a successful physician—one of the first African Americans admitted to Harvard Medical School—who used his influence to educate others about the evils of slavery with a number of abolitionist publications. He later served in the Civil War. Delany died on January 24, 1885, in Xenia, Ohio (though some sources say Wilberforce, Ohio).
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