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Woolman, John

Born: 1720 AD
Died: 1772 AD

1720 – John Woolman, born on the 19th of October in Ancocas, New Jersey. He was an itinerant Quaker preacher, traveling throughout the American colonies, advocating against conscription, military taxation, and particularly slavery.

1741 – When he was 21 he went to Mount Holly, where he was a clerk in a store, opened a school for poor children and became a tailor.

1743 – He spent most of his time as an itinerant preacher, visiting meetings of the Friends in various parts of the colonies.

1760 – He spoke and wrote against slavery, refused to draw up wills transferring slaves, induced many of the Friends to set their negroes free, and at Newport, Rhode Island, memorialized the Legislature to forbid the slave trade.

1763 – At Wehaloosing (now Wyalusing), on the Susquehanna, he preached to the Indians; and he always urged the whites to pay the Indians for their lands and to forbid the sale of liquor to them.

1772 – He sailed for London to visit Friends in the north of England, especially Yorkshire.

       – Died on the 7th of October in York, Yorkshire, England.

1775 – The most important of his writings, The Journal of John Woolman’s Life and Travels in the Service of the Gospel, which was begun in his thirty-sixth year.