Samuel Joseph May, an American clergyman, born in Boston, Sept. 12,1797, died in Syracuse, N. Y., July 1, 1871. He graduated at Harvard college in 1817, studied divinity at Cambridge, and in 1822 settled as a Unitarian minister at Brooklyn, Conn. He was a member of the convention which organized the national anti-slayery society in 1833, and signed the "Declaration of Sentiments." In 1835 ho became general agent of the Massachusetts anti-slavery society, in which capacity he travelled and lectured extensively. In 1830 ho became pastor of the Unitarian society in South Scituate, Mass., and from 1842 to 1844 was principal of the girl,' normal school at Lexington, Mass. In 1845 he accepted the pastorate of the Unitarian society in Syracuse, N. Y., which he retained until three years before his death. He was always active in the cause of popular education, as well as in the promotion of charity. For Ins advocacy of emancipation his life was frequently in danger, and in January, 1801, he was mobbed and burned in effigy in Syracuse for attempting to hold an abolition convention.
He published " Recollections of the Ar.h-Mavery Conflict" (Boston, 1808), and several addresses and essays. - See "Memoir of Samuel Joseph May " (Boston, 1873).