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date: 19 January 2021

Stearns, George Luther locked

(b. 8 January 1809; d. 9 April 1867), a manufacturer, philanthropist, and abolitionist.
  • Raymond James Krohn


George Luther Stearns was born in Medford, Massachusetts. He was the eldest son of Luther Stearns, a physician who graduated from Harvard twice—with honors in 1791 and then from the medical school in 1811—and Mary Hall Stearns. George received his formal education at home, where his father established a preparatory school for boys. After his father's death in 1820, however, his studies ceased. Several years later, at the age of fifteen, he started his career in business. His first job was as a clerk in a dry goods store in Vermont. Next, in 1827, he worked in a Boston ship chandlery warehouse. He became an independent linseed oil manufacturer in Medford in 1835, and in 1842 became a partner in a different Boston chandlery company Most successfully he turned to producing lead pipe and the financial gains he received in that venture enabled Stearns ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.

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