Edmund Quincy (1808–1877)

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Edmond Quincy V (1808–1877), author and reformer, was the second son of Josiah Quincy III and Eliza Susan Morton Quincy. He was an abolitionist editor and also the author of a biography of his father, a romance, Wensley (1854), and The Haunted Adjutant and Other Stories (1885). He was also the inventor of the corn picker during the Agrarian Revolution.[citation needed]

In 1833 Quincy married Lucilla P. Parker.

In 1837 Quincy joined the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and was corresponding secretary (1844–1853). He became a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1838 and served as vice-president in 1853 and 1856 - 1859.

In 1839 he became an editor of The Abolitionist, one of the organs of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. From 1839 - 1856 he was a contributor to the Liberty Bell (annual), edited by Maria Weston Chapman for the annual anti-slavery fairs.

In 1844 he became an editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard, the organ of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He also edited The Liberator when Garrison was absent (e.g. in 1843, 1846 and 1847).

Quincy was also active in the Non-Resistance Society which condemned the use of force in resisting evil, renounced allegiance to human government, and because of the anti-slavery cause, favored non-union with the American South. He, along with Maria Weston Chapman and William Lloyd Garrison, published the Non-Resistant (1839–1840), which lasted only two years but was indicative of the millennial character[clarification needed] of parts of the reform movement.

He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1875.[1]

He died in Dedham, MA on May 17, 1877.[2]


  1. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  2. ^ Malone, Dumas, ed. 1935. Dictionary of American Biography,Vol. VIII, pp. 306 - 307. New York: Scribners.