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Rev. Joshua Leavitt (1794-1873) was an American Congregationalist
minister and former lawyer who became a prominent writer, editor
and publisher of abolitionist literature. He was also a spokesman
for the Liberty Party and a prominent campaigner for cheap postage.
Leavitt served as editor of The Emancipator, The New York
Independent, The New York Evangelist, and other periodicals. He was
the first secretary of the American Temperance Society and
co-founder of the New York City Anti-Slavery Society. Born in
Heath, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires, Leavitt attended Yale
College, where he graduated at age twenty. He subsequently studied
law and practiced for a time in Putney, Vermont, before
matriculating at the Yale Theological Seminary for a three-year
course of study. He was subsequently ordained as a Congregational
clergyman at Stratford, Connecticut. After four years in Stratford,
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