William Lloyd Garrison was a journalist and social reformer but was most well known for being an American abolitionist. William Lloyd Garrison, who as a child was known by Lloyd which is his middle name, was the editor for The Liberator which was a radical abolitionist newspaper. He also ended up being the co-editor for a newspaper that was in Maryland called Genius of Universal Emancipation.
William Lloyd Garrison promoted what was known as immediate emancipation of the slaves in the United States of America and was founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Slavery was part of a way of life for some and was something that others were greatly against. Many individuals had never done certain things for themselves and would be forced to do if they did not have slaves. While to some this was a frightening aspect, William Lloyd Garrison believed that African American individuals deserved a right to their own freedom.
William Lloyd Garrison was born on December 12th of 1805 and died only a short period of time away from midnight on May 24th, 1879. He had a wife that he loved a great deal and who became very ill and eventually came down with a cold that heightened into pneumonia which caused her death while he was still alive and had been caring for her. Her death was in January of 1876. William Lloyd Garrison also had four sons and one daughter that lived on after his death. One of his sons bore the same name as himself and the other three where named Wendell Phillips Garrison, George Thompson Garrison, and Francis Jackson Garrison. His daughters name was Helen Frances Garrison who ended up marrying Henry Villard. These family members went on to produce more children and in 2005 a family reunion was held for them.