Thomas Clarkson

English abolitionist (1760-1846)

Thomas Clarkson (28 March 1760 – 26 September 1846) was an English abolitionist. He helped start the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade.[1]

Thomas Clarkson
Thomas Clarkson by Carl Frederik von Breda.jpg
Thomas Clarkson by Carl Frederik von Breda, painting in the National Portrait Gallery
Born(1760-03-28)28 March 1760
Died26 September 1846(1846-09-26) (aged 86)
Playford, Suffolk, England
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge
Known forAbolitionism


  1. Clarkson, Thomas 1808. The history of the rise, progress and accomplishment of the abolition of the slave–trade by the British Parliament. Philadelphia: James P. Parke.