Eliza P. Gurney


Eliza Paul Kirkbride Gurney born Philadelphia, PA April 6, 1801 (d. 1881). Quaker minister and preacher of pacifism. Despite support of President Lincoln, opposed Civil War military service. Co-founded Earlham College, 1847.


"[President Lincoln] may be made an instrument in hastening the coming of that glorious day. . . when swords shall be beaten into pruning-hooks, when nation shall no longer lift up sword against nation, nor the people learn war any more. What a glorious transition would be witnessed here, from a scene of desolation and sorrow and suffering to one of peace and joy and love!" (Oct. 26, 1862 speech at White House)