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Famous Quakers


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Susan B. Anthony
She worked against slavery and was a leader of the women\'s suffrage movement.
Moses Brown
When he became a Quaker in his thirties, he immediatly freed all his slaves. His intense interest in education led him to contribute money to schools and societies, including Rhode Island College, which became Brown University.
George Cadbury
While still very young, he joined the family business -- a famous English cocoa and chocolate manufacturing company. Ke is well-known for the social reforms he introduced for factory workers.
Lydia Darragh
As a Quaker housewife, this RevolutionaryWar spy had a foolproof cover. On the night of December 2, 1777, the unsuspecting commander of the British forces in the colonies, took over a room in her house to plot a surprise attack on General Washington, Lydia hid in the closet and took notes. When the Red Coats marched, Washington\'s troops were ready for them, and won the battle.
Mary Dyer
A native Englishwoman, she settled in America and became a Quaker. Because of her missionary work and commitment to Quakerism, she was persecuted in Puritan Massachusetts, and hanged for the protesting anti-Quaker laws in the colony.
Edward Hicks
Folk painter; best known for his painting, THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM, of which there are many versions in existence.
Herbert Hoover
Headed the releif bureaus during ahd after WW1. He was the 31st president of the United States.
Rufus M. Jones
A founder of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); famous philosopher.
Dolley Madison
Born a Quaker, she was President Tomas Jefferson\'s hostess for social evernts when her husband was Secretary of State. She was then the First Lady when her husband was president. When the British attacked Washington, DC in 1812, she saved important government documents and a famous portrait of George Washington.
Maria Mitchell
Encouraged by her father, she learned to use a telescope. Her discovery of a new comet led to her being the first woman allowed to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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