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Samuel Joseph May

Born: Sep 12, 1797

Death: Jul 1, 1871

Birthplace: Boston

Nationality: United States

Samuel Joseph May

Date of Birth : Sep 12, 1797
Date of Death : Jul 1, 1871
Birth Place : Boston

Samuel Joseph May a radical American reformer during the nineteenth century, championed multiple reform movements including education, women’s rights, and abolitionism. He was born on September 12, 1797, in an upper class Boston area. May was the son of Colonel Joseph May, a merchant, and Dorothy Sewell, who was descended from or connected to many of the leading families of colonial Massachusetts, including the Quincys and the Hancocks. His sister was Abby May Alcott, mother of novelist Louisa May Alcott. In 1825, he married Lucretia Flagge Coffin with whom he had five children. The oldest died as a toddler, but May saw this event as a sacrifice he had to make for the purity of his own soul.

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