Abby Kelley

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Date of Birth January 15, 1811
Place of Birth Pelham, Massachusetts
Date of Death Jan 14, 1887 (75)
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Abby Kelley

Abby Kelley Foster was an American abolitionist and radical social reformer active from the 1830s to 1870s. She became a fundraiser, lecturer and committee organizer for the influential American Anti-Slavery Society, where she worked closely with William Lloyd Garrison and other radicals. She married fellow abolitionist and lecturer Stephen Symonds Foster, and they both worked for equal rights for women and for slaves/ African Americans. Her former home of Liberty Farm in Worcester, Massachusetts has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Born: January 15, 1811, Pelham, Massachusetts
Died: 14, 1887, Worcester, Massachusetts
Occupation: American abolitionist and women's suffragist
Spouse(s): Stephen Symonds Foster

About Abby Kelley

Influential abolitionist who led the American Anti-Slavery Society with William Lloyd Garrison and worked to gain equal rights for women.

Before Fame

She had a strict Quaker upbringing, which stressed education for women.


She also campaigned for equal rights for women, and went to the famous Seneca Falls convention.

Family Life

She married a fellow radical, Stephen Symonds Foster.


Angelina Grimke was a fellow abolitionist who argued not only freedom for African-Americans, but full equality.

Information related to Abby Kelley

  • Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School - Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is a small K-12 school located at 10 New Bond St., Worcester, Massachusetts in former Heald Machine Company buildings. The school was founded in 1998.
  • Come-outer - Come-outer is a phrase coined in the 1830s which denotes a person who withdraws from an established organization, or one who advocates political reform.
  • Burials at Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • Underground Railroad people
  • American tax resisters
  • American women's rights activists
  • American Quakers
  • American abolitionists
  • American suffragists
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