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Lewis Tappan Biography

Born: May 23, 1788 Northampton, Mass.

Died: June 21, 1873 Brooklyn, N.Y.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904

Lewis Tappan, abolitionist, was born in Northampton, Mass., May 23, 1788; son of Benjamin and Sarah (Homes) Tappan, and brother of Arthur Tappan. He engaged in business as a clerk in a Boston dry-goods store, became a member of the firm of Tappan and Searle, importers, and in 1810 visited England to purchase goods, joining his brother Arthur, who was abroad for a similar purpose. In 1815 he furnished his brother Arthur with the capital necessary to establish an importing business in New York city, and in 1817, the project having failed, he dissolved partnership. In 1828 he removed to New York city, and became a member of the firm of Arthur Tappan & Co., the partnership continuing until 1841. They established the Journal of Commerce as a high-class commercial paper in 1827, and in 1831 Arthur Tappan withdrew and Lewis continued it. The proprietors holding that a daily paper could be carried on without desecrating the Lord's day, all work on the paper was suspended on Sundays. He joined the antislavery movement, and on July 10, 1834, his house was attacked by a mob, who broke open the doors and windows, threw the furniture into the street, and lighted a fire which they fed with the beds and bedding. After the financial crisis of 1837 he withdrew from the firm and established the first mercantile agency in the country. He founded and was president of the American Missionary association. He is the author of: Life of Arthur Tappan (1870). He died in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 21, 1873.

Source:

Johnson, Rossiter, ed.
Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
Vol. I-X. Boston, MA, USA: The Biographical Society, 1904.



Biographical Sketch for Lewis Tappan

Born: May 23, 1788 Northampton, Mass.

Died: June 21, 1873 Brooklyn, N.Y.

From: Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women 1902

TAPPAN, LEWIS, merchant, abolitionist, author, was born May 23, 1788, in Northampton, Mass. He was a merchant of New York city, proprietor of The Journal of Commerce, and active as an abolitionist; and the author of Life of Arthur Tappan, by his brother, a valuable contribution to anti-slavery literature. He died June 21, 1873, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Source:

Herringshaw, Thomas William, ed.
Accurate and Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women in All Walks of Life ...
American Publishers Association, Chicago 1902.

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