Why Famous: Born into slavery in Maryland, Douglass escaped north in 1838. Attending anti-slavery events he was encouraged to speak and became famous for his oratory. In 1845 he published the first account of his life, his writings are among the most influential personal accounts of slavery. Published abolitionist newspapers including the 'North Star'. Appointed to many public offices by the government including President Lincoln. An Advocate for black and women's sufferage.
- 1838-09-14 Newly escaped slave Frederick Douglass marries free woman Anne Murray in New York
- 1884-01-24 Abolitionist Frederick Douglass marries his second wife suffragist Helen Pitts
- 1838-09-03 Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor
- 1847-12-03 Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"
- 1852-07-05 Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' speech to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, condemns the celebration as hypocritical sham
- 1853-07-06 National Black convention meets in Rochester NY, ex-slave Frederick Douglass attends
- 1866-09-06 Frederick Douglass is 1st US black delegate to a national convention
- 1877-03-18 US President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Washington, D.C.
- 1881-05-17 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
- 1888-06-23 Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President
- 1889-07-01 Frederick Douglass named Minister to Haiti
- 1895-02-21 NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass