Paul Cuffee also known as Paul Cuffe was born on Cuttyhunk Island located a few miles off of the coast of Westport, Dartmouth and New Bedford, Massachusetts on January 17, 1759 and died on September 9, 1817.
He was a Quaker.
Paul was a successful ship builder, whaling captain, businessman and farmer.
His mother was an Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian and his father a freed African slave, who being an African Ashanti, most likely came from Ghana.
Paul was an abolitionist and patriot.
He established the first integrated school in Westport, Ma.and in 1813 donated most of the financing to build a new Quaker meeting house.
He often spoke at Sunday services at the multi-racial services held there.
He built a successful shipping business with a
store on the corner of Union and Water Streets (known as the "Four
Corners") in New Bedford that he shared with his sons in law.