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Thousands Travel to Buffalo for Historic Convention

Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society

The National Liberty Party Convention was held in Buffalo on August 30 and 31, 1843. Abolitionists traveled to Buffalo to select their first Presidential candidate. Twelve of the twenty-six states were represented by one hundred and forty eight delegates. James G. Birney was nominated as their candidate. The Party sought the end of slavery in the territories and opposed any fugitive slave laws.


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