Theodore Dwight Weld (1803-1895)

Courtesy of Oberlin College Resources website

Known as the most forceful temperance orator in the western states, Weld dedicated himself to the anti-slavery cause in 1830. He helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society and in 1836 the society decided to devote all its resources towards enlarging the band of trained lecture agents to spread the abolitionist gospel. The new class of lecturers were called the Band of Seventy trained in New York City included Sarah and Angelina Grimké. Known to speak 8 to 10 hours a day, he was forced to end his speaking career in 1836 due a breaking voice.

He continued working for the American Anti-Slavery Society, serving as editor of various publications and acted as an aid to anti-slavery members of the United States Congress.