DEAD: Henry Bergh

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Henry Bergh (aged 74)
American animal welfare activist (ASPCA)

Henry Bergh (August 29, 1813 – March 12, 1888) founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in April, 1866, three days after the first effective legislation against animal cruelty in the United States was passed into law by the New York State Legislature. Bergh also prompted the formation, in 1874, of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

DEATH: Bergh died on March 12, 1888, in New York City. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow eulogized Bergh as “among the noblest in the land…friend to every friendless beast.” Henry Bergh is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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