Last Name Armistead
First Name Wilson
Other Last Name Tuvar
Other First Name Lorenzo
Birth Date 1819
Death Date 1868
Gender m
Biographical Notes Prolific abolitionist and Quaker businessman, Armistead wrote steadily for the anti-slavery movement. Part of the Leeds Anti Slavery Association, his organization also provided women with the opportunity to take an active role in campaigning for the abolition of slavery.
Biographical Annotation Wilson Armistead was raised in a Quaker enclave in Leeds. He married Mary Bragg in 1844 and inherited a property—“Virginia Cottage"—where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He was senior partner in a family firm, but the business was not successful during his tenure. He spent much of his time writing pamphlets and articles on moral issues, chiefly relating to the anti-slavery movement; this activity culminated, in 1848, with the publication of A Tribute to the Negro, a 600-page work that employed scientific methods to prove that the “Negro race” were not inferior to the white race. Later on, he travelled to the United States, where he met several prominent abolitionists. He died in 1868, at the age of 48. (info from Webb and McCann “A History of Lyddon Hall”).
Nationality Afro-English
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Resident In the Lake District Yes
Resident In London No
Resident Outside UK Yes
Travel Outside UK Yes
Birthplace Leeds
Deathplace Leeds