Paul Cuffee

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 Portrait of Paul Cuffee  by Chester Harding

Portrait of Paul Cuffee
by Chester Harding



Cuffee (Cuffe) was born in Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts. He became a privateer, ship owner, and merchant. In 1808 he became Quaker in Westport, Massachusetts. He worked on resettlement of free African-Americans to Sierra Leone, including founding the Friendly Society of Sierra Leone.

“My soul feels free to travel for the welfare of
my fellow creatures both here and hereafter.”

—Paul Cuffee