Samuel C. Pomeroy

Samuel C. Pomeroy was a U.S. Senator from Kansas. Pomeroy was the Lincoln administration’s promoter of colonization efforts, something Douglass abhorred, yet still maintained a working relationship with Douglass. In August of 1863, Douglass utilized Pomeroy’s help in getting an audience with Abraham Lincoln, the first time the two would meet.

“Douglass had no invitation from the White House, but he did have contacts, especially Senator Samuel Pomeroy of Kansas, who had agreed to help… He and Pomeroy walked to the White House and joined the daily line of patronage seekers.”[1]

Samuel C. Pomeroy died on August 27, 1891 at the age of 75. He was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory in Jamaica Plains, New York.

Cemetery GPS coordinates: 42.291009, -71.111212

[1] David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 407 – 408.

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