Frederick Douglas, Cedar Hill, Washington D.C.
“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong,” Frederick Douglas.
While not a President of the United States, Frederick Douglas was a key figure in American history. Plus, I do not want to create another category & menu item.
Frederick Douglas was a famous abolitionist, author, editor, and activist. Born a slave in Maryland in 1818, Douglas taught himself to read and write before escaping to Massachusetts in 1838. While in Massachusetts, Douglas became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement, partnering with William Lloyd Garrison, editor of The Liberator, an abolition periodical.
Douglas maintained an active speaking tour and published his autobiography in 1845. He updated and republished his work several times after the Civil War. During the war, Douglas advocated for the Emancipation Proclamation and for arming free blacks in the Union Army.
After the war, Douglas continued to agitate for civil, voting, and economic rights for freedmen as well as advocating for women’s universal suffrage. Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him as U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia and he served as a diplomat to both Haiti and Santo Domingo in the Benjamin Harrison administration (1889-1893).
Frederick Douglas died on February 20, 1895. His home, which he called Cedar Hill is in Southeast Washington, D.C. It has been a National Park Service since 1988.