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CRESSON, Elliott, philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, 2 March 1796; died there, 20 February 1854. He was a member of the Society of Friends, became a successful merchant in Philadelphia, and devoted his attention to benevolent objects, especially the promotion of the welfare of the Indians and Negroes in the United States. He conceived the intention of becoming a missionary among the Semi-noles of Florida, but afterward gave his mind to the scheme of colonizing American Negroes in Africa, engage.d in establishing the first colony of liberated slaves at Bassa Cove, on the Grain coast, became president of the Colonization society, and labored as its agent in New England in the winter of 1838-'9, in the southern states in 1839-'40, and in Great Britain in 1840-'2 and 1850-'3. He left in his will $122,000 to various benevolent institutions, and a lot, valued at $30,000, for a home for superannuated merchants and gentlemen.
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