Theodore Tilton

Theodore Tilton was a newspaper editor, abolitionist, and supporter of Frederick Douglass. The two men kept up a correspondence for many years. During Andrew Johnson’s presidency, when many former white abolitionists were asking Douglass to tone down his fight for black suffrage and not appear at Republican conventions, Tilton came to Douglass aid, walking arm and arm with him.

“There was one man present who was broad enough to take in the whole situation, and brave enough to meet the duty of the hour; one who was neither afraid nor ashamed to own me as a man and a brother; one man of the purest Caucasian type, a poet and a scholar, brilliant as a writer, eloquent as a speaker, and holding a high and influential position–the editor of a weekly journal having the largest circulation of any weekly paper in the city or State of New York–and that man was Mr. Theodore Tilton. He came to me in my isolation, seized me by the hand in a most brotherly way, and proposed to walk with me in the procession.

I have in my life been in many awkward and disagreeable positions when the presence of a friend would have been highly valued, but I think I never appreciated an act of courage and generous sentiment more highly than I did that of this brave young man when we marched through the streets of Philadelphia on this memorable day.”[1]

Theodore Tilton died on May 29, 1907 at the age of 71. He was buried in Cimetiere de Chailly en Biere in Chailly-en-Bière, France.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 48.471580, 2.608469

[1] Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Boston: De Wolfe & Fiske Co., 1892), 475 – 476.

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