David Lee Child

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David Lee Child

Death: Died
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Son of Zachariah Child and Lydia Child
Husband of Lydia Maria Child
Brother of Levi Bigelow Child

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About David Lee Child


David Lee Child (born West Boylston, Massachusetts, 8 July 1794; died Wayland, Massachusetts, 18 September 1874) was a journalist. He graduated from Harvard in 1817, and was for some time sub-master of the Boston Latin School. He was secretary of legation in Lisbon about 1820, and subsequently fought in Spain, “defending what he considered the cause of freedom against her French invaders.”

Returning to the United States in 1824, he began in 1825 to study law with his uncle, Tyler Bigelow, in Watertown, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the bar. He went to Belgium in 1836 to study the beet sugar industry, and afterward received a silver medal for the first manufacture of the sugar in the United States.

He edited the Massachusetts Journal, about 1830, and while a member of the legislature denounced the annexation of Texas, afterward publishing a pamphlet on the subject, entitled Naboth's Vineyard. He was an early member of the anti-slavery society, and in 1832 addressed a series of letters on slavery and the slave trade to Edward S. Abdy, an English philanthropist. He also published ten articles on the same subject (Philadelphia, 1836). During a visit to Paris in 1837 he addressed an elaborate memoir to the Société pour l'abolition d'esclavage, and sent a paper on the same subject to the editor of the Eclectic Review in London.

John Quincy Adams was much indebted to Child's facts and arguments in the speeches that he delivered in congress on the Texan question. With his wife, novelist Lydia Maria Child, he edited the Anti-Slavery Standard in New York in 1843-1844. He was distinguished for the independence of his character, and the boldness with which he denounced social wrongs and abuses.

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David Lee Child's Timeline

July 8, 1794
September 18, 1875
Age 81