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Bergh, Henry

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Born: 1811 AD
Died: 1888 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Philanthropist

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1811 - Born on the 29th of August in New York.

1866 - Founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in April, three days after the first effective legislation against animal cruelty in the United States was passed into law by the New York State Legislature.

1874 - A Unitarian, he also prompted the formation, of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

        - He was approached by a Methodist missionary named Etta Wheeler, who sought help rescuing a child named Mary Ellen Wilson from her cruel abuser, Mary Connolly.

1875 - After Mary Ellen's story was heard, and she was subsequently rescued through Bergh's efforts, other complaints came in to him. In response, Bergh himself, along with Elbridge T. Gerry and John D. Wright, formed the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC).

1888 - Over the coming years, other SPCC organizations were formed, such as the Massachusetts organization, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

       - He died on the 12th of March in New York, New York.



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