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Born in Massachusetts on December 12, 1805, William Lloyd Garrison became a prominent social reformer. In his twenties, Garrison supported colonization for the freed slaves but soon rejected these plans, in favor of abolition. He was editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator. Garrison was also a founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He originally advocated for gradual emancipation but started to fight for immediate and universal abolition of slavery. Garrison shook the abolitionist movement when he allowed women to participate in the American Anti-Slavery Society. Garrison became extremely unpopular in certain circles after he declared the United States Constitution a pro-slavery document that should be burnt. After the abolition of slavery, Garrison continued to work for social reforms including women’s rights and temperance. Garrison died on May 24, 1879 and was buried in Massachusetts.