• John Brown Benefactor, Secret Six Member Gerrit Smith And Tennessee Confederate George Washington Jones

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    GERRIT SMITH (March 6, 1797 – December 28, 1874) was a leading United States social reformer, abolitionist, politician and philanthropist. About 1828, Smith became an active temperance campaigner, building one of the first temperance hotels in the country. He became an abolitionist in 1835 after attending an anti-slavery meeting in Utica, which had been broken up by a mob. Smith played a leading role in organizing the Liberty Party. In 1848, Smith was nominated for the Presidency. In 1840 and 1858, he ran for governor of New York on an anti-slavery platform.  Smith also favored full voting rights for women. He  was part of the radical group, known as the Secret Six, men who clandestinely and illegally financed John Brown’s raid on the U.S. arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.  None of the Secret Six was ever prosecuted and Brown was arrested and hanged for his role in the attack.


    Offering an ironic grouping – Smith’s autograph on a 2 x 5 ¾ sheet with a back to back autograph of Confederate and pro-slavery politician GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES.


    JONES (March 15, 1806 – November 14, 1884) was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1835 to 1839 and the Tennessee Senate from 1839 to 1841.  He was elected as a Democrat to the twenty-eighth and to seven succeeding Congresses from 1843 to 1853.  He served in the Confederate States Congress during the Civil War.


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