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Frances (Fanny) Wright


1795 - 1852

Social reformer and feminist. Born in Dundee, the daughter of a wealthy linen manufacturer and political radical. She was orphaned by the age of three and taken to England to be raised by her aunt. At the age of sixteen, she returned to Scotland to live with her uncle, James Mylne (1757 - 1839) who was Professor of Moral Philosophy in Glasgow. She travelled in the USA (1818-20) and returned in 1824, remaining there for the rest of her life. Wright worked with Robert Owen (1771 - 1848), sharing his sense of social justice. She argued for free public education, the emancipation of slaves and sexual freedom for women. She died in Cincinnati and lies buried there.


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