Fredrick Douglass was born on February 1818 and died on February 20th, 1895. For better part of his active life, Douglass was an orator, a statesman, a writer and a social reformer. He was born in Maryland, Talbot Country but was soon separated from his parents and went to live with Betty, his grandmother. His mother, Harriet Bailey died when he was only seven years of age. With very little information known about Douglass father, it was rumored that his father he was a white and her mother’s master. At the age of twelve he was taught how to read and write the alphabet by Sophia, his benefactor’s wife.