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Paul Cuffe 1759 - 187

Quite the man of his time. Colonial Merchant and Seaman.

Paul Cuffee (January 17, 1759—September 9, 1817) was an African-American businessman, patriot, and abolitionist. Cuffee built a lucrative shipping empire, even building his first three ships. He also built the first school of Westport, Massachusetts, which was racially integrated. A devout Christian, Cuffee often preached and spoke at the Sunday services at the bi-racial Society of Friends meeting house in Westport, even fronting most of the money to build a new meeting house in 1813. In Africa, Cuffee helped to establish The Friendly Society of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to support the former slave colony.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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