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Lucretia Coffin Mott, American Activist
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Lucretia Coffin Mott (January 3, 1793 - November 11, 1880) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, women's rights activist, and a social reformer. Like many Quakers, she considered slavery an evil to be opposed. and she refused to use cotton cloth, cane sugar, and other slavery-produced goods. In 1821 Mott became a Quaker minister. In 1833, her husband helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society. She managed their household budget to extend hospitality to guests, including fugitive slaves, and donate to charities. In 1848 Mott and Stanton organized a women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton noted the Seneca Falls Convention was the first public women's rights meeting in the United States. After the Civil War, Mott was elected the first president of the American Equal Rights Association, an organization that advocated universal suffrage, but Mott resigned from the association in 1868 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony allied with a controversial businessman named George Francis Train. She seldom wrote anything for publication. Yet her speaking abilities made her an important abolitionist, feminist, and reformer. When slavery was outlawed in 1865, she advocated giving Black Americans the right to vote. She remained a central figure in the women's movement until her death at age 87 in 1880.
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