John Milton Earle
John Milton Earle
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Born||April 13, 1794|
|Died||February 8, 1874 (aged 79)|
|Resting place||Worcester Rural Cemetery|
John Milton Earle was born in Leicester, Massachusetts to Patience Earle (née Buffum) and Pliny Earle, a member of the prominent Earle family. He was educated in common schools and at the Leicester Academy. He was the editor and publisher of the Massachusetts Spy from 1823 to 1857. The publication was called the Daily Spy after July 22, 1845. The offices were in the Butman Block on Main Street. He loved and enjoyed the sharp encounter of harmless wit.
Although not a technical Garrisonian abolitionist, he was an early pioneer in Anti-Slavery movement first as a Whig, then as a Free Soiler. He tried to make Worcester County the stronghold of conscientious and determined political opposition to slavery. He was a member of the Massachusetts General Court, or state legislature, for several years, serving in both the House of Representatives (1844–1846 and 1850–1852) and the Senate (1858). He was also a city alderman, postmaster, state commissioner on Indian affairs, and founder of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He served as president of the Worcester County Horticultural Society from 1848 to 1851.
He married Sarah Hussey (August 26, 1799 – March 9, 1858), who organized the Worcester Anti-Slavery Sewing Circle and Worcester County Anti-Slavery Society, South Division. She was the daughter of Tristram Hussey and Sarah Folger of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Lucretia Mott was her cousin. Sarah married John Milton Earle on June 6, 1821 in Nantucket before moving to Worcester, Massachusetts. The family lived on Nobility Hill at 262 Main Street across from the Worcester Common. She served on the Executive Committee of Worcester County Anti-Slavery Society, South Division, 1841–1859. She helped coordinate Anti Slavery fairs from 1848 and opened the 1850 National Woman's Rights Convention. Her obituary notice in the Worcester Spy said, "Aside from her own family circle, no one has cause to mourn more deeply than the slave, for whose interests her labors were untiring."
- The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. XI. James T. White & Company. 1909. p. 145. Retrieved January 8, 2021 – via Google Books.
- "Sarah Hussey Earle". Worcester Women's History Project. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
- "John Milton Earle". New York Herald. February 9, 1874. p. 10. Retrieved January 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.