Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Elihu Burritt was born on December 10, 1810, in New Britain, Connecticut, into a working class family. He attended school briefly, but was largely self-educated. Burritt became a blacksmith to support himself, but he continued to study languages at night. Word of his erudition spread; he became known as the "Learned Blacksmith", and was offered opportunities to speak in public. While writing a lecture on "The Anatomy of the Earth", he was so impressed by the interdependency of its parts that he...
Dates: 1840-1965; Majority of material found within 1841-1878
Overview Includes letters of Elihu Burritt (1810-1879) and others on Quakers, African Americans, and slavery; papers of Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947) on Quakers, African Americans, and peace; and George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) papers and Free Produce Association records relating to Taylor's work for the use and sale of goods not attached to the slavery economy.