Lysander Spooner

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Lysander Spooner
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Birth: January 19, 1808
Athol, Massachusettes, USA
Death: May 14, 1887(1887-05-14) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusettes, USA

Lysander Spooner (January 19, 1808-May 14, 1887) was an American anarchist, abolitionist, entrepreneur and political philosopher.


American Letter Mail Company

Besides his political philosophy work, Lysander Spooner is known for challenging the monopoly of the United States Post Office by creating the American Letter Mail Company. Post Office rates at the time were high, and although legal challenges by the government eventually put him out of business, the American Letter Mail Company's competition forced prices at the US Post Office down from 5c to 3c prior to its end.


  • The Unconstitutionality of Slavery
  • The Unconstitutionality of Congress, Prohibiting Private Mails
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority
  • A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery, and to the Non-Slaveholders of the South

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