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J. Miller McKim

AKA James Miller McKim

Born: 14-Nov-1810
Birthplace: Carlisle, PA
Died: 13-Jun-1874
Location of death: West Orange, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Abolitionist and advocate for freed slaves' rights

Abolitionist J. Miller McKim lectured extensively, worked with the Underground Railroad, co-founded the American Anti-Slavery Society, and frequently testified in court on behalf of freed slaves snared by the Fugitive Slave Law. In 1849 McKim was the recipient when slave Henry "Box" Brown was sealed in a box and mailed to freedom. He attended the 1859 execution of John Brown, and accompanied Brown's wife as she brought his body home. After the Emancipation Proclamation, McKim organized efforts to welcome and assist the thousands of newly-freed slaves who emigrated from North, and in 1865 he organized the financial backing to establish the progressive magazine The Nation.

His son Charles became a well-known architect. His daughter Lucy married Wendell Phillips Garrison, son of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, and fourteen years after Lucy's death his second daughter Anne married Lucy's widowed husband.

Father: James McKim (tanner)
Mother: Catherine Miller McKim
Brother: John Linn McKim (clergyman)
Wife: Sarah Allibone Speakman McKim (b. 1813, m. 1-Oct-1840, d. 1891, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Lucy McKim Garrison (b. 1842, d. 1877)
Son: Charles Follen McKim (architect, b. 1847, d. 1909)
Daughter: Anne McKim Dennis Garrison (biological niece of Catherine Miller McKim, adopted, d. 1893)

    High School: Dickinson College (1828)
    University: Princeton University

    American Anti-Slavery Society (Co-Founder, 1833)
    Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society Corresponding Secretary (1836-61)
    American Freedman's Union Commission 1865-69
    The Nation Co-Founder (1865)
    Ordained 1831 (Presbyterian)
    Underground Railroad
    Irish Ancestry


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