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Charles Lenox Remond
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Born 1 February 1810(1810-02-01)
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Died 22 December 1873 (aged 63)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Activist, lecturer
Spouse(s) Amy Matilda William Casey
Elizabeth Magee
Parents John Remond and Nancy Lenox
Relatives Sarah Parker Remond (sister)

Charles Lenox Remond (1 February 1810 – 22 December 1873) was an American orator, abolitionist and military organizer during the American Civil War. He was the brother of Sarah Parker Remond, also heavily engaged in the cause.


Early years[]

Remond was born free in Salem, Massachusetts to John Remond, naturalised from Curaçao, a hairdresser, and Nancy Lenox, daughter of a prominent Bostonian, a hairdresser and caterer. The eldest son of eight children, He began his activism in opposition to slavery while in his twenties as orator speaking at public gatherings and conferences in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania.


In 1838 the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, chose him as one of its agents. As a delegate from the American Anti-Slavery Society, he went with William Lloyd Garrison to the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840. The young Remond had a reputation as an eloquent lecturer and is reported to have been the first black public speaker on abolition.

In 1842 at meetings held by Remond and his sister in New Brighton Massachusetts, Remond stated "When the world shall learn that "mind makes the man"-- that goodness; moral worth, and integrity of soul, are the true tests of Character, then prejudice against caste and color, will cease to be."

Remond recruited black soldiers in Massachusetts for the Union Army during the Civil War, particularly for the famed 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry. He was also active in recruiting for the U.S. Colored Troops.

Personal life[]

Remond's family operated a hairdressing business, and catering service in which several members participated and struck out on the own. After the war, he worked as a clerk in the Boston Customs House, and as a street lamp inspector. Of Remond's siblings were Nancy, the eldest, wife of James Shearman, an oyster dealer; Caroline, a salon owner, wife of Joseph Putnam; Cecelia, co-owner of a wig salon, wife of James Babcock; Maritchie Juan, wig salon co-owner; Sarah Parker, abolition activist;, and John who was married to Ruth Rice.

Remond was married to Amy Matilda William Casey (her second marriage) until her death on 15 August 1856. His second wife was Elizabeth Magee. Remond died in Boston in 1882.

Charles Remond Douglass, the son of Frederick Douglass, was named for him.


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