Helen Eliza Garrison (Benson) (1811 - 1876)

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Birthplace: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of death: Pneumonia
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About Helen Eliza Garrison (Benson)

On September 4, 1834, William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), who became a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer, married Helen Eliza Benson (1811–1876), the daughter of a retired abolitionist merchant. The couple had five sons and two daughters, of whom a son and a daughter died as children.

She suffered a small stroke on December 30, 1863, and was increasingly confined to the house. Helen died on January 25, 1876, after a severe cold worsened into pneumonia. A quiet funeral was held in the Garrison home, but Garrison, overcome with grief and confined to his bedroom with a fever and severe bronchitis, was unable to join the service downstairs.

A quiet funeral was held in the Garrison home, but Garrison, overcome with grief and confined to his bedroom with a fever and severe bronchitis, was unable to join the service downstairs. Wendell Phillips gave a eulogy and many of Garrison's old abolitionist friends joined him upstairs to offer their private condolences. Garrison recovered slowly from the loss of his wife, and began to attend Spiritualist circles in the hope of communicating with Helen.[7]

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  • 7. Mayer, Henry. All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. ISBN 0-312-25367-2. Page 621
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Helen Garrison's Timeline

1811
February 23, 1811
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
1834
September 4, 1834
Age 23
1836
February 13, 1836
Age 24
Brooklyn Twp., Windham County, Connecticut
1838
January 19, 1838
Age 26
1840
June 4, 1840
Age 29
Cambridgeport, MA
1844
1844
Age 32
1876
January 25, 1876
Age 64
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
January, 1876
Age 64
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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