HENRY WARD BEECHER (June 24, 1813-March 8, 1887) was a Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage and temperance. In the years leading up to the Civil War, he raised money to buy slaves from captivity and sent rifles – nicknamed “Beecher’s Bibles” – to abolitionists fighting in Kansas. Several of his brothers and sisters became well known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame for her abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Beecher is also notable for his 1875 adultery trial. He was widely reported to be an adulterer and in 1872, the Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly published a story about his affair with Elizabeth Richards Tilton, the wife of his friend and former co-worker Theodore Tilton. His trial resulted in a hung jury and was one of the most widely reported trials of the century.
Offering an advertising flyer, approximately 4 x 6 1/2, for a speech he delivered for the National School of Elocution and Oratory in Philadelphia on May 29, 1876, at the America Academy of Music.
Printed on blue paper, the flyer is in excellent condition.
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