Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: James Haughton: Advocate of Universal Freedom, Peace and Temperence

Loving remembrance
of 35 Eccles Street
died 20 of February 1873
in his 78 year
A follower of Christ he did his best.
He was a well known advocate of

Beneath lie also
The remains of his loving and dearly loved
Youngest daughter LIZZIE
Who died 25th May 1884.

and of his only and beloved son
who died 16th Dec. 1892

also of his dearly beloved daughter
who died 17th March 1893

the dearly loved and last surviving daughter
of the above named JAMES HAUGHTON
died ? June 1922 in her 78th year

Philanthropist and devoted family man, James Haughton was born into a Quaker family at Carlow, Ireland, 5 May 1795. Following his education, in 1817 he settled in Dublin as a corn merchant, in partnership with his brother, until the year 1850.

After the early death of his beloved wife his attention was devoted to questions of reform. He was a delegate at the 1838 Anti-Slavery Convention in London, and thereafter was known as an advocate of freedom and peace. Haughton believed that the ideals of war were in complete opposition to the teachings of Christ. For thirty-five years he sent out letters on anti-slavery, temperance, crime, capital punishment, land reform, war, and other questions, which were published by the press of all parties with unusual liberality. Haughton was a friend and supporter of Daniel O’Connell and was in favour of the Repeal of the Union.

Although he took part in nearly all of the reform questions of his day, the chief mission of James Haughton’s life was to promote temperence. For many years before his death he devoted most of his time and energy to the cause of total abstinence, and the fight to secure legislative restrictions on the sale of intoxicating drink.

Among the many local public benefits which he especially worked to carry out were: the establishment of the Dublin Mechanics' Institute, the opening of the Zoological Gardens on Sunday afternoons at a penny charge, the free opening of the Glasnevin Botanic Gardens on Sunday afternoons, and the formation of the People's Garden in Phoenix Park.

Source: A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878.
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