Stebbins, Giles – Abolitionist


The Giles Badger Stebbins mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Giles Stebbins and a short biography.

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Giles Stebbins attended school in a Fourierist Utopian community.  In 1846, he married Catherine Ann Fish, who was an active abolitionist and woman’s rights advocate. The following year they organized a “Great Anti-Slavery Meeting” on behalf of the Western NY Anti-slavery Society.  The couple participated in the Underground Railroad and collaborated with Frederick Douglass.  The Stebbins fell under the spell of the fraudulent Fox Sisters, who claimed to speak with the spirit world, and who helped launch the Spiritualist movement.  However, Giles and Catherine continued their work for abolition and woman’s rights.  Giles Stebbins gave multiple lectures and in 1878 addressed the convention of the New York State Freethinkers’ Association.


In the United States, women did not have the right to vote until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  It states The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any State on account of sex.  Women’s suffrage emerged from the broader women’s rights movement of the 1840’s, and two competing organizations, one led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and another led by Lucy Stone.  In 1890, they merged becoming the National American Woman Suffrage Association led by Susan B. Anthony.

This Giles Stebbins History Mug is part of our Women’s Suffrage & the Abolitionist series which includes many unique individuals.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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