Wendell Phillips (November 29, 1811 – February 2, 1884) was an American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator and lawyer.

Phillips was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 29, 1811, to Sarah Walley and John Phillips, a successful lawyer, politician, and philanthropist. Phillips was schooled at Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard University 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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What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.
Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), U.S. abolitionist, orator. Speech, December 21, 1855. "The Pilgrims."
We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), U.S. abolitionist, orator. speech, Jan. 28, 1852. "The Press."

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