Toussaint, Pierre

Toussaint, Pierre

(1766–1853) philanthropist; born in Santo Domingo. Brought to New York City as a slave (1787), he worked as a hairdresser; supporting his owner's wife when she became widowed and impoverished, he was emancipated in 1807. A devout Catholic who became highly successful in business, he spent much of his money on charities and personally nursed and housed people in need.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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