WELD, Theodore Dwight American phi lanthropist and educator: b. Hampton, Conn_ 23 Nov. 1803; d. Hyde Park, Mass., 3 Feb. 189S. He was the son of Ludovicus and Eliza ((lark) Weld, and of lineal descent from Jon athan Edwards. He entered Phillips-Andover Academy. hut left school because of impaired sight. He was one of the 63 original founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and in 1833 was secretary of that society; and in 1830 he was agent of the Society to Promote Manual Labor in Schools. He entered Lane Theologi cal Seminary, Cincinnati. Ohio, and taught col ored youths evenings. He was conspicuous for unselfish charities and fair dealings, and did not hesitate to denounce slavery and the slave trade openly and publicly. He left the seminary when the trustees suppressed the local anti-slavery organization and began a course of lectures. He was repeatedly mobbed, but his commanding presence and athletic attainments, as well as his fearless and wonderful eloquence, enforced respect; at Granville, Ohio, when advised that the church would be burned if he lectured as advertised, he informed the trustees that he would then speak from its foundations; to threatening letters he replied: 'Come, but bring your own winding sheets, which I cannot sup six undisturbed lectures followed. At
Painesville. Ohio, such was his eloquence that the leader of the mob Iddced in the head of the Gass drum with which he had thought to drown theker's voice. In 1836 his voice partially failed but he taught school and used his pen vigorously. In 1838 he married Angelina Fmiline, daughter of Judge John Gnmke, of South Carolina, who, having become a Quaker irs PS33. emancipated her inherited slaves. He edited the American Anti-Slavery Society's pub lications in Washington, D. C., and was confi dential adviser with Congressmen who favored abolition of slavery in the District. In 1834 he established a school at Englewood, N. J., for the joint education of white and black youth; in 1%4 removed to Hyde Park, Mass., and aided in founding the historical society, the public hbrary and the school system.