Famous American Social Reformers

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 1 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 2 Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass.
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Famous As: American orator
Birthdate: February 1, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Talbot County, Maryland, U.S
Died: February 20, 1895

Social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. Born into slavery, he had a difficult early life. Eventually, he managed to escape and dedicated the rest of his life to promoting the cause of abolition. He was a great orator and writer.

 3 Jane Addams

Jane Addams.
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Birthdate: September 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, U.S.
Died: May 21, 1935

 4 William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: December 12, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newburyport
Died: May 24, 1879

 5 Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix.
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: April 4, 1802
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maine, US
Died: July 17, 1887

 6 Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott.
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist, Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 3, 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: November 11, 1880

 7 William Griffith Wilson

William Griffith Wilson.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Birthdate: November 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dorset, Vermont, United States
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 8 Josiah Henson

Josiah Henson.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: June 15, 1789
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: May 5, 1883

 9 Florence Kelley

Florence Kelley
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: September 12, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17, 1932

 10 Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker
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Famous As: Transcendentalist
Birthdate: August 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1860

 11 Mary White Ovington

Mary White Ovington
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 1951

 12 Thomas Morton

Thomas Morton
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Famous As: English clergyman
Birthdate: 1579 AD
Birthplace: not known
Died: 1647 AD

 13 Gerrit Smith

Gerrit Smith
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 6, 1797
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utica, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 1874

 14 Daniel Carter Beard

Daniel Carter Beard
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: June 21, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 11, 1941

 15 George Ripley

George Ripley
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 3, 1802
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1880

 16 Felix Adler

Felix Adler
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: August 13, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alzey, Germany
Died: April 24, 1933

The son of Reform Judaism pioneer and rabbi Samuel Adler, Felix Adler was a German-American educator who had taught at Cornell and Columbia universities. He established the Ethical Culture movement, focusing on tying all human beings with the thread of universal morality. He also worked to abolish child labor.

 17 Hannah Whitall Smith

Hannah Whitall Smith
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 7, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 1, 1911

 18 Abigail Kelley Foster

Abigail Kelley Foster
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 15, 1811
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pelham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 14, 1887

 19 Ellen Gates Starr

Ellen Gates Starr
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: March 19, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: February 10, 1940

 20 Grace Abbott

Grace Abbott
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: November 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 19, 1939

 21 Charles Loring Brace

Charles Loring Brace
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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: June 19, 1826
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 11, 1890

 22 Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith
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Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: January 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Green, Maryland, United States
Died: February 24, 1915

 23 Florence Jaffray Harriman

Florence Jaffray Harriman
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 31, 1967

 24 Franklin Benjamin Sanborn

Franklin Benjamin Sanborn
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 15, 1831
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States
Died: February 24, 1917

 25 Josephine Shaw Lowell

Josephine Shaw Lowell
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: December 16, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 12, 1905

 26 Charles Eliot Norton

Charles Eliot Norton
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 16, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 21, 1908

 27 Thomas Mott Osborne

Thomas Mott Osborne
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Famous As: Political Figure
Birthdate: September 23, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: October 20, 1926

 28 Mary Van Kleeck

Mary Van Kleeck
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glenham, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 1972

 29 Sophonisba Breckinridge

Sophonisba Breckinridge
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 30, 1948

 30 Leon Sullivan

Leon Sullivan
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Famous As: Civil rights leader
Birthdate: October 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Died: April 24, 2001

 31 Frances Dana Barker Gage

Frances Dana Barker Gage
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1808
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: November 10, 1884

 32 Julia Lathrop

Julia Lathrop
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Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: June 29, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15, 1932

 33 Benjamin Lundy

Benjamin Lundy
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: January 4, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hardwick Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 22, 1839

 34 Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: April 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 35 Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: May 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Kentucky, United States
Died: November 25, 1920

 36 Lillie Devereux Blake

Lillie Devereux Blake
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 30, 1913

 37 Ted Sizer

Ted Sizer
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: June 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 21, 2009

 38 Harold Rugg

Harold Rugg
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Famous As: Educational Reformer
Birthdate: January 17, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 1960

 39 Ida Husted Harper

Ida Husted Harper
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Franklin County, Indiana, United States
Died: March 14, 1931

 40 Hannah G. Solomon

Hannah G. Solomon
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 14, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 7, 1942

 41 Uriah Smith Stephens

Uriah Smith Stephens
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 3, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape May, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 13, 1882

 42 Katherine Dreier

Katherine Dreier
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 29, 1952

 43 Barbara Deming

Barbara Deming
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 2, 1984

 44 Lugenia Burns Hope

Lugenia Burns Hope
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Famous As: Social reformer
Birthdate: February 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 14, 1947

 45 May Wright Sewall

May Wright Sewall
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Famous As: Reformer
Birthdate: May 27, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 22, 1920

May Wright Sewall was a social reformer committed to the causes of women's rights, education, and world peace. She was passionately involved in the woman's suffrage movement. Besides her work as a social reformer, she also founded the Girls' Classical School in Indianapolis along with her second husband. She was active in the American Peace Society in her later years. 

 46 Kate Barnard

Kate Barnard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geneva, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 23, 1930

 47 Carleton Washburne

Carleton Washburne
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: December 2, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 27, 1968

 48 Elisabeth Irwin

Elisabeth Irwin
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: August 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 1942

 49 Annie Turner Wittenmyer

Annie Turner Wittenmyer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 26, 1827
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adams County, Ohio, United States
Died: February 2, 1900

 50 Lizzie Black Kander

Lizzie Black Kander
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 28, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1940 AD