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George Luther Stearns, leading abolitionist and member of "the Secret Six' dies of pneumonia in New York City.

George L. Stearns, detail
04/09/1867

George Luther Stearns, tireless abolitionist and a former member of the "Secret Six" who supported and financed John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, died of pneumonia at his home in New York City on this day. A successful Massachusetts industrialist, for two decades he was at the center of most American efforts in aid of abolition and his efforts ran from establishing an Underground Railroad station, funding free soil immigration to Kansas, support for Brown, the early enlistment of black troops in Massachusetts, and the foundation of the Freedmens' Bureau.  He was also the founder of The Nation magazine.  He was fifty-eight years old.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 560.