Levi Sutliff

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Levi Sutliff (12 July 1805 – 25 Mar. 1864) attorney and abolitionist, was the third child of Samuel Jr. and Ruth Granger Sutliff. Born in Vernon Ohio, he studied at the Western Reserve Academy and was admitted to the bar in 1840. After his first wife, Mary Plumb died, he married Phebe L. Marvin in 1840. Sutliff was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, attending their inaugural meeting in Philadelphia in December 1833. He later advocated political abolition and became an outspoken supporter of the Liberty Party. Sutliff suffered from a chronic eye condition, and sought many unique remedies, including hydropathy, and perhaps at his brother Flavel’s suggestion, the Graham system. “The Anti-Slavery Convention,” Liberator, 21 Dec. 1833; “From the Salem (Ohio) Bugle,” Liberator, 24 Apr. 1846; “Obituary,” Liberator, 21 Oct. 1864; History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (2 vols.; Cleveland, OH: H. Z. Williams & Bro., 1882), 1: 183; Samuel Milton Sutliff, A History of the American and Puritanical Family of Sutliff or Sutliffe (Downers Grove, IL: Kelmscott Press, 1909), 127.