Frederick Douglass is famous not only because he escaped from the horrible bonds of American slavery, but also because he then used his new-found freedom to advocate for the freedom of others.
Unlike many other slaves, who took to freedom with a passion for anonymity, Douglass made a name for himself in his later years by becoming an ardent abolitionist, in his new home of Massachusetts.
He spread this enlightened faith as a verbose orator, a bestselling author, and a successful newspaper publisher. He also served as the President of Freedman’s Savings Bank, marshal of the District of Columbia, and even consul-general to the Republic of Haiti. Then, in 1888 at the Republican Convention, he became the first African-American to receive a vote for Presidential nomination.