Dodge, David Low

Dodge, David Low

Dodge, David Low, 1774-1852, American merchant and pacifist, b. Brooklyn, Conn. In 1815 he founded the New York Peace Society, possibly the first such organization to be established. In 1828 other peace societies joined with it to form the American Peace Society; Dodge served as a director and as a member of the executive committee until 1836.
David Low Dodge (b. Brooklyn, Connecticut, June 141774 - d. New York City, April 23 1852) helped to establish the New York Peace Society and was a founder of the New York Bible Society and the New York Tract Society.


David Low Dodge was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut. His parents were David Earl Dodge and Mary Stuart. David Dodge was of English and Welsh colonial stock. His mother is said to have been the daughter of a Scottish nobleman. From the age of seven to fourteen, except two months of district school in winter, he was working on a farm in Hampton, Connecticut.

He was a teacher at the age of nineteen, first in community schools then in private ones. He later began selling dry goods in Hartford, Connecticut. He also managed the first cotton factory built in Connecticut, near the town of Norwich. In the early 1800s he relocated to New York City.

On June 7 1798, he married Sarah, the daughter of Rev. Aaron Cleveland. He was the father of William E. Dodge and great-grandfather of Grace Hoadley Dodge.

Founded Organizations



  • The Mediator's Kingdom not of This World (1809)
  • War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ (1812)

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