Lyman Beecher (1775–1863) was a New England clergyman who had two influential children in the abolitionist movement.
His daughter was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who penned the abolitionist novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
His son was Henry Ward Beecher, a New York preacher who denounced slavery. He also criticized government corruption, and supported women's suffrage.
McGuffey's Eclectic Sixth Reader (1907) quotes Lyman Beecher as saying,
"While most nations trace their origin to barbarians, the foundations of our nation were laid by civilized men, by Christians."