Nathaniel Paul

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Nathaniel Paul
New Hampshire, U.S.
Died(1839-07-00)July , 1839
OccupationMinister, Abolitionist
Family(brother) Thomas Paul

Nathaniel Paul (died July 1839)[1] was a Baptist minister and abolitionist who worked in Albany, New York,[2][3] Wilberforce Colony in Canada, and traveled to the United Kingdom to raise support to aid African Americans. He was a brother of Thomas Paul.

In 1827 he gave a speech celebrating the abolition of slavery in New York. His comments included the statement:

"The lordly planter who has his thousands in bondage, may stretch himself upon his couch of ivory, and sneer at the exertions which are made by the humane and benevolent, or he may take his stand upon the floor of Congress, and mock the pitiful generosity of the east or west for daring to meddle with the subject, and attempting to expose its injustice: he may threaten to resist all efforts for a general or a partial emancipation even to a dissolution of the union. But still I declare that slavery will be extinct; a universal and not a partial emancipation must take place; nor is the period far distant."[2]

Paul was involved in fundraising efforts for Wilberforce Colony in Canada, a settlement that included African Americans fleeing violent attacks in Cincinnati, Ohio (the colony was named after British abolitionist statesman William Wilberforce). He went to the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, and Scotland) to gain support and stayed there from 1832 until 1835.[4] On January 14, 1832, the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, published a letter from Paul about his trip to England;[5] According to historian John Leverton, Paul returned in 1835 "with over $7,000 in collections, but his expenses totaled over $8,000, leaving the Colony with a substantial debt."[6]

Paul left the Colony shortly after his return from the United Kingdom and returned to Albany, where he died in 1839.[7]


  1. ^ The Liberator (July 26, 1839).
  2. ^ a b "(1827) Rev. Nathaniel Paul Hails The End Of Slavery In New York". January 24, 2007.
  3. ^ "Nathaniel Paul (1793?-1839) – BlackPast".
  4. ^ Walker, Paul (April 1, 2009). "The Revd Nathaniel Paul (1793-1839)". Baptist Quarterly. 43 (2): 97–111. doi:10.1179/bqu.2009.43.2.004. S2CID 163389649.
  5. ^ "Rev. Nathaniel Paul to Europe to Support Wilberforce Colony | Selection from Garrison's Liberator".
  6. ^ Leverton, John, Wilberforce Colony, from Lucan 125 Souvenir Booklet 1871-1996.
  7. ^ Pease, William H. and Jane H. Pease. Black Utopia: Negro Communal Experiments in America (The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1963), pp. 50-53, 57-61.