Abby Folsom

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Abigail Folsom (died 1867) was a 19th-century American feminist and abolitionist. Ralph Waldo Emerson termed her “the flea of conventions” for her habit of insisting on a woman’s right to speak, which would derail abolitionist and other conferences. One source relates the following anecdote:

She was often removed from the halls she afflicted by gentle force. As she was a nonresistant, she never struck back, save with her tongue which was keen enough. One day Wendell Phillips and two others placed her in a chair and were carrying her down the aisle through the crowd when she exclaimed: “I’m better off than my master was. He had but one ass to ride — I have three to carry me.”[1]


  1. ^ Sherwin, Oscar “Apostles of the Newness” Phylon 1945, pp. 53-63

See also[edit]

  • Morris, Charles E. III “‘Our Capital Aversion’: Abigail Folsom, Madness, & Radical Antislavery Praxis” Women's Studies in Communication 22 March 2001

Franklin McDuffee (1892), History of the town of Rochester, New Hampshire, from 1722 to 1890 (History of the town of Rochester, New Hampshire, from 1722 to 1890. ed.), Manchester: the J.B. Clarke co., printers, OCLC 3814188