James G. Birney

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Birthday
4, 1792
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Nov 25, 1857 (65)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
4, 1792
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Nov 25, 1857 (65)

About

Kentucky politician who was a staunch supporter of the abolition of slavery, and ran as the abolitionist candidate for president in 1844.

Before Fame

Though surrounded by anti-slavery friends and relatives, he did not adopt their views during his childhood.

Trivia

His attempts at getting slaveowners to emancipate their slaves were very gradual - for example, exacting promises from them to free their slaves' children when they turned 21.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy, slaveholding Irish family, in Danville, Kentucky.

Associated With

His son David served as a Union general under Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War.