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This is the grave of Charles Turner Torrey. Born in 1813 in Scituate, Massachusetts, Torrey was orphaned at age 4 when both his parents and his sister died of tuberculosis. His grandparents raised him. His grandfather had been in Congress for a short time and remained involved in Massachusetts politics, so young Torrey grew up […]
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This is the grave of Lydia Maria Child. Lydia Maria Francis was born in 1802 in Medford, Massachusetts. Going by her middle name her whole life and pronouncing it “Mariah,” she grew up in a ministerial family. Her older brother went to Harvard and became a Unitarian minister. Of course, this path was cut off […]
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This is the grave of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Born in 1823 in Cambridge to an old Puritan family, Higginson started at Harvard at age 13 and graduated in 1841. He taught for a bit and then went to Harvard Divinity School. But he was more interested in politics and social reform than religion. He dropped […]
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This is the grave of Charles Sumner. Born in Boston in 1811, Sumner’s family were strong abolitionists and of course their son picked this up with passion. He graduated from Harvard in 1830 and entered the law in 1834. He traveled in Europe for a few years and returned to Boston in 1840, deciding to […]
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