Douglass moved to Washington . in 1877 and became the editor of the New National Era. His wife Anna died five years later. Douglass was remarried two years later to Helen Pitts, a white feminist and the daughter of an abolitionist colleague and friend, Gideon Pitts Jr. In 1888, he became the first African-American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party’s roll call at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. Frederick Douglass died February 20, 1895, and is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.
In January 1884, Douglass applied for a marriage license at District of Columbia City Hall before heading to the home of Reverend Francis James Grimké and Charlotte Forten Grimké , where he married a white woman named Helen Pitts .  The marriage, held January 2,  was not approved by most members of either family. Helen's father, an abolitionist who was previously proud to know Douglass personally, never offered his blessing and refused to visit Washington unless he knew his daughter and her husband were out of town.  Douglass had hired Pitts as a clerk in 1882. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and had been a teacher of freed blacks in Virginia and Indiana.  Interviewed about her marriage, she responded, "Love came to me and I was not afraid to marry the man I loved because of his color."  One newspaper article noted, "Goodbye, black blood in that family. We have no further use for him. His picture hangs in our parlor, we will hang it in the stables."