Frederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in 1818. Though Douglass was born a slave, he escaped in 1838 and eventually settled with his wife in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Douglass also founded “The North Star,” an abolitionist newspaper. Douglass consulted with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and helped influence the Emancipation Proclamation. After President Lincoln’s death, Mrs. Lincoln sent Douglass her late husband’s walking stick. Douglass was nominated for Vice President of the United States as a member of the Equal Rights Party in 1872.