(b. 5 January 1807; d. 3 February 1897), a British abolitionist and an advocate of reform and women's suffrage. Abolitionists on both sides of the Atlantic respected and admired Elizabeth Pease for her efforts on behalf of the enslaved. For several generations her family had been prominent Darlington, England, wool merchants, which placed them in economic competition with slave-grown cotton. As Quakers, they supported a variety of reforms for the poor and against the transatlantic slave trade. Her cousin by marriage, Elizabeth Fry, had led the prison reform movement. Her father, Joseph Pease, and uncle, Edward Pease had been among the founders of the Peace Society. After the 1832 Reform Act, her cousin, Joseph Pease was the first Quaker to gain a seat in Parliament.
From Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: United States History.