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Note signed by Wendell Phillips and M. H. Simpson

Note signed by Wendell Phillips and M. H. Simpson

Note signed by Wendell Phillips and M. H. Simpson
Note signed by both Wendell Phillips and M. More research needed on Simpson. Wendell Phillips (November 29, 1811 February 2, 1884) was an American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator, and attorney.

Phillips was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 29, 1811, to Sarah Walley and John Phillips, a wealthy lawyer, politician, and philanthropist, who was the first mayor of Boston. He was a descendant of the Rev. George Phillips who emigrated from England to Watertown in 1630. All of his ancestors migrated to North America from England, and all of them arrived in Massachusetts between the years 1630 and 1650. Phillips was schooled at Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard College in 1831.

He went on to attend Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1833. In 1834, Phillips was admitted to the Massachusetts state bar, and in the same year, he opened a law practice in Boston. His professor of oratory was Edward T. Channing, a critic of flowery speakers such as Daniel Webster. Channing emphasized the value of plain speaking, a philosophy which Phillips took to heart.

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Note signed by Wendell Phillips and M. H. Simpson