Wendell Phillips Garrison

Wendell Phillips Garrison (1840–1907) was an American editor and author.

Wendell Phillips Garrison
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BornCambridgeport, Massachusetts
OccupationJournalist, editor

Early lifeEdit

He was born at Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, a son of the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. He graduated from Harvard in 1861. His father's abolitionist newspaper The Liberator ended in 1865, after passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Very much a successor was The Nation, which began in 1865 and of which he was Literary Editor, but backed up by his father's vast network of contacts.[1]


As a young man, Garrison had adopted pacifist and anti-imperialist beliefs.[2] He had assisted E. L. Godkin in establishing the magazine. Henry Villard, who merged The Nation with the New York Evening Post, was Garrison's brother-in-law. Garrison also wrote several books, including What Mr. Darwin Saw, an abridged and illustrated version of Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle for children.[3]


W. P. Garrison contributed to periodicals, compiled Bedside Poetry: a Parents' Assistant (1887), and wrote:



  1. ^ William Lloyd Garrison, Walter M. Merrill (ed.) The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison: Let the Oppressed Go Free, 1861-1867. Harvard University Press, 1979. ISBN 9780674526655 (p.9)
  2. ^ Peter Brock, Pacifism in the United States : from the colonial era to the First World War. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1970. ISBN 9781400878376 (p.701).
  3. ^ Bernard Lightmann, "The Popularization of Evolution and Victorian Culture", in Lightman and Bennett Zon, Evolution and Victorian Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN 9781139992305 (p.302-3).

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