Perfecting Mankind

Liliana Hernandez

Dorothea Dix

She was a well-known political figure. She investigated conditions in jails and almshouse of other states. Pleading for funds for better accommodating for a mentally ill.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Became known for challenging traditional thought. He became an unwilling preacher.

Emerson's philosophy is characterized by its reliance on intuition as the only way to comprehend reality.

Horace Mann

He took an interest in politics, education and social reform, and upon graduation he gave a speech on the advancement of the human race through which education, philanthropy, and republicanism could combine to benefit mankind.

William Lloyd Garrison

At first believed that the society's goal was to promote blacks' freedom and well being. But Garrison grew disillusioned when he soon realized that their true objective was to minimize the amount of free slaves in the United States.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Believed to be the driving force behind the 1848 Convention, and for the next fifty years played a leadership role in the women's rights movement.

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

He opened the first American deaf school in Hartford Connecticut.

Elihu Burritt

He was an American philanthropist, known as "the learned blacksmith."

Neal Dowl

He was nicknamed the "Napoleon of Temperance" and the "Father of Prohibition," was mayor of Portland, Maine. He sponsored the "Maine law of 1851."