Family tree of Helen PITTS DOUGLASS

American politician

AmericanBorn Helen PITTS

American suffragist and abolitionist

Born on December 01, 1837 in Honeoye, New York, USA , United States

Died on October 14, 1903 in Washington, D.C., USA

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She was born in Honeoye, New York in 1838. A descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Alden, who sailed to America on the Mayflower, Pitts graduated from Mount Holyoke College (then called the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1859. After the U.S. Civil War, she taught at the Hampton Institute. In 1880, Helen moved to Uniontown in Washington, D.C. and lived next door to Douglass' home, Cedar Hill.

She was active in the women's rights movement and co-edited The Alpha, with Caroline Winslow, in Washington. In 1882, Douglass hired Helen as a clerk in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in Washington, to which he had just been assigned. Because he was writing his autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass and was often lecturing, Helen aided him frequently in his work.


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