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James Gillespie Birney (1792–1857)

Birney, James Gillespie. An American statesman and publicist; born at Danville, KY, Feb. 4, 1792; died at Perth Amboy, NJ, Nov. 25, 1857. Though a Southern planter, he emancipated his slaves and became a prominent antislavery leader in the South, proprietor and editor of the antislavery journal, The Philanthropist, etc. He was candidate of the “Liberty” party for President (1840 and 1844). He wrote: ‘Ten Letters on Slavery and Colonization’; ‘Addresses and Speeches’; ‘American Churches the Bulwark of American Slavery.’