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Still, William Grant

Born: 1821 AD
Died: 1902 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Activists, Historian

1821 – The date of William Still’s birth is given as  October 7th, by most sources, but he gave the date of November 1819 in the 1900 Census. Born in Burlington County, New Jersey

1844 – William moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where, he began working as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery.

1847 – He married Letitia George and had four children who survived infancy.

1850 –  Still was a leader of Philadelphia’s African American community.


1851 – Chairman of Philadelphia branch of Underground Railroad.


1854 – William Wilberforce Still graduated from Lincoln University.

1859 – He attempted to desegregate the city’s public transit system. He opened a stove store during the American Civil War, and later started a coal delivery business.


1872 – Compiled "Underground Railroad Records".


1900 – On the U.S. Census William Still said he had two children and both were still living.

1902 – Died on the 14th of July.

1961 – Subsequently practiced law in Philadelphia; Robert George Still.