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Elizur Wright in Abolitionists

Elizur Wright (1804-1885) was an actuary (a statistician), a Yale graduate, and a leading abolitionist official in the American Anti-Slavery Society.

During the summer of 1835, he had to barricade his doors in New York City "with bars and planks an inch thick," for fear of the uncontrollable anti-abolitionist mobs.1 In 1839 he became editor of the Massachusetts Abolitionist. Later in his life he became a leading proponent of life insurance reform.

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