Mott, Lucretia

Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Quaker abolitionist, suffragist and educator

Born into a Quaker family on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Lucretia Mott was noted for her work with abolitionism and the women's rights movement.  She studied and taught at a Friends' Boarding School at Nine Partners, near Poughkeepsie, New York.  Ordained a minister in the Quaker Society of Friends in 1818, Lucretia Mott travelled and preached against black slavery and advocated for women's rights. She spent many years as an active abolitionist in the Philadelphia area. She helped found the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, following the meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society in the same year. In the late 1850's, Lucretia and her husband, James Mott moved from Philadelphia to a farm in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, known as Roadside, which was a stop along the Underground Railroad.

by Aslaku Berhanu


Bacon, Margaret Hope. Valiant Friend: the Life of Lucretia Mott. New York: Walker and Co., 1980.

Sillen, Samuel.  Women Against Slavery. New York: Masses & Mainstream, 1955.