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American Elizabeth BUFFUM CHACE

born Elizabeth BUFFUM

American activist in the Anti-Slavery, Women's Rights, and Prison Reform Movements

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Born: on December 09, 1806 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died: on December 12, 1899 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA


Elizabeth Buffum Chace was born Elizabeth Buffum in Smithfield, Rhode Island on December 9, 1806, to Arnold Buffum and Rebecca Gould, the Buffum and Gould families were some of the oldest families in New England. A birthright Quaker, Elizabeth Buffum grew up in a household that was anti-slavery, her father Arnold holding strong beliefs in that regard.

On April 4, 1828, Buffum married Samuel Buffington Chace, also a birthright Quaker of an ancient New England family. It was after her marriage to Samuel that Elizabeth began to become truly influential in the anti-slavery movement. Although Samuel was not as outspoken as his wife, he shared her beliefs and together, they opened their home in Valley Falls, Rhode Island as a Station on the Underground Railroad, at great personal risk, to runaway slaves helping them escape to Canada.

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