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date: 01 April 2020

Still, Williamlocked

(07 October 1821–14 July 1902)
  • Larry Gara


Still, William (07 October 1821–14 July 1902), abolitionist and businessman, was born near Medford in Burlington County, New Jersey, the youngest of the eighteen children of Levin Still, a farmer, and Charity (maiden name unknown). Still’s father, a Maryland slave, purchased his own freedom and changed his name from Steel to Still. His mother escaped from slavery and changed her given name from Cidney to Charity. With a minimum of formal schooling, William studied on his own, reading whatever was available to him. He left home at age twenty to work at odd jobs and as a farmhand. In 1844 he moved to Philadelphia where he found employment as a handyman, and in 1847 he married Letitia George. They had four children....

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