William Lloyd Garrison
1805-1879) This journalist and evangelical abolitionist did not have an active part in the Matson Slave Trial, though his beliefs and teachings were an significant influence to men like Ashmore and Rutherford.  In fact, Garrison was a friend of Dr. Rutherford's brother, Dr. William W. Rutherford of Pennsylvania. Garrison stayed at William's home when he visited Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1848 and 1858. He was from Massachusetts which is where he started his newspaper, The Liberator, in 1831.  The following year he founded the Anti-Slavery Society that advocated for immediate emancipation of slaves.  Garrison made a name for himself as one of the most articulate, as well as most radical, opponents of slavery. His approach to emancipation stressed nonviolence and passive resistance, and he attracted a vocal following. On July 4, 1844, he publicly burnt a copy of the Constitution condemning it as "pro-slavery". After the abolition of slavery in the United States, Garrison continued working on other reform movements, especially temperance and women's suffrage.