Thayer, Eli

Thayer, Eli,

1819–99, American abolitionist, b. Medon, Mass. He was a Free-Soiler in the Massachusetts legislature (1853–54), organized the New England Emigrant Aid CompanyEmigrant Aid Company,
organization formed in 1854 to promote organized antislavery immigration to the Kansas territory from the Northeast. Eli Thayer conceived the plan as early as Feb.
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 for sending antislavery settlers to Kansas, and was a Republican member of the House of Representatives (1857–61). He wrote A History of the Kansas Crusade (1889).
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