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(1797–1874) Gerrit Smith was widely known as a philanthropist and social reformer of the mid-nineteenth century. As a nationally prominent and influential abolitionist, he played a critical role in the operations of the Underground Railroad. Gerrit sold farm tracts for one dollar each to 3,000 African Americans, many of whom he had helped escape into freedom, with approximately 140,000 acres transferred between 1846 and 1850.
Gerrit was also an advocate for women's rights. He was highly regarded in the early years of the movement, including being mentioned in Elizabeth Cady Stanton's address at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848.*courtesy Gerrit R Wynkoop
Peterboro Road, Peterboro, NY 13134
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