Reason, Charles Lewis
- Graham Russell Hodges
educator and reformer, was born in New York City, the son of Michel Reason and Elizabeth Melville, both from the Caribbean. Reason attended the African Free-School along with his brothers Elmer Reason and Patrick Henry Reason, the illustrator-engraver, as well as with the future abolitionists Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and James McCune Smith, and the future actor Ira Frederick Aldridge An excellent student in mathematics Reason became an instructor at the school at the age of fourteen receiving a salary of twenty five dollars a year He used some of his earnings to hire tutors to improve his knowledge Later he decided to enter the ministry but he was rejected because of his race by the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City Reason rejected such sham Christianity and resigned in protest from Saint Philip s Church ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.