Wendell Phillips Biography

Civil Rights Activist (1811–1884)
Wendell Phillips was a Boston lawyer who gave up his practice to devote his life to fighting for the abolition of slavery.


Wendell Phillips, a lawyer, sacrificed social status and a prospective political career to join the antislavery movement. When Phillips spontaneously delivered a passionate denunciation of a mob action against another abolitionist, he was recognized as one of the most brilliant orators of his day. After the Civil War, Phillips also devoted himself to temperance, women's rights and suffrage.

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