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[p. 96] came to Boston as a wool merchant in 1857 and continued until a few years before his death, when he retired from business. October 10, 1859, he married, in Philadelphia, Miss Anna Coffin Davis, granddaughter of Lucretia Mott of wide and noble fame, and took up his residence in Medford, where he lived until his death. He was for a time a director of the National Bank of Commerce, Boston, a trustee of the Medford Savings Bank, and selectman in 1872-73.

Descended from Quaker stock, he was an earnest and active anti-slavery man, being one of those who went to Harper's Ferry to procure the body of John Brown and remove it to North Elba, N. Y. He took a prominent part in recruiting colored men for the 54th and 55th regiments. He was treasurer of the Colored School at Calhoun, Ala., and to his interest and endeavor much of its success was due. Two letters to the Boston Herald, March 1 and 26, 1903, afterwards printed by him under the titles, ‘Why the Negro was Enfranchised,’ and ‘Negro Suffrage Justified,’ testify to his life-long interest in the colored people. He was a zealous advocate of woman suffrage, frequently appearing before legislative committees in its defence. He believed in it as a right, and opposed property qualifications as a surrender of principle. Mr. Hallowell was the author of two books, ‘The Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts,’ and ‘The Pioneer Quakers,’ which were a valuable contribution to the early history of Massachusetts.

He died January 5, 1904, leaving a wife and four children. His is the record of an honorable, cultivated man, a lover of books, and the friend of his kind at the cost of sacrifice which he ungrudgingly paid.


The Medford Historical Society solicits contributions for its scrap book and for the Colonial kitchen which it is fitting up at headquarters.

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