Cyclopædia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States
BIRNEY, James G., was born in Danville, Ky., Feb. 4, 1792, and died at Perth Amboy, N. J., Nov. 25, 1857. He was a slaveholder, and, while practicing law in Huntsville, Ala., was general agent for the colonization society in northern Alabama. In 1834, returning to Kentucky, he freed his slaves and undertook to establish an abolition newspaper. He was compelled by violence to leave Danville and go to Cincinnati, whence he was again driven to New York city in 1836. Here he became corresponding secretary of the American anti-slavery society. In 1840 and 1844 he was the abolition (or liberty party) candidate for president. (See
—See Beriah Green's Sketch of Birney.
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