The poet and abolitionist writer, Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, was born in Centre, Delaware, in 1807, to Thomas Chandler and Margaret Evans. Her mother died soon after her birth, and when she was nine years old, her father died. She grew up in Philadelphia and was raised a Quaker by her maternal grandmother and aunts. At a young age, she joined a female anti-slavery society, and remained active in the abolition movement throughout her life. Chandler attended school until she was 13, but continued writing poetry and prose after her formal education. Chandler was one of the first female poets to focus on antislavery, and when she was 18, she won third prize from the Casket monthly journal for her poem, The Slave Ship. This poem, along with many others, were reprinted in Genius of Universal Emancipation, a Philadelphia newspaper. In 1829, Genius hired Chandler to edit and contribute to "The Female Repository" page.
In 1830, Chandler moved to the Michigan Territory near the village of Tecumseh with her brother Thomas and Aunt Ruth. She continued to edit and contribute to the Genius by mail, while also contributing to William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator. In 1832, she founded the Logan Anti-Slavery Society, and remained active in abolitionist causes until she died of a fever on November 2, 1834, at the age of 26.