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Abbot, Francis Ellingwood (06 November 1836–23 October 1903), Unitarian clergyman and philosopher, was born in Boston, the son of Joseph Hale Abbot and Fanny Ellingwood Larcom. The senior Abbot was a schoolmaster and amateur scientist who reflected the strict moralism of early nineteenth-century Unitarianism, while his wife displayed a strong poetical bent, and Abbot’s life and career were influenced by both. After being educated at the Boston Latin School he entered Harvard College and graduated in 1859. While there he underwent a strong religious conversion, at least partly through the influence of his college friend ...

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Alger, William Rounseville (28 December 1822–07 February 1905), author and religious leader, was born in Freetown, Massachusetts, the son of Catherine Sampson Rounseville and Nahum Alger, a teacher. Apprenticed at seven to a New Hampshire farmer, Alger worked at a variety of menial jobs during his hardscrabble boyhood. He earned a ministerial diploma from the Harvard Divinity School in 1847 and became pastor of All Souls’ Unitarian Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The same year, he married Ann Langdon Lodge; they had seven children. In 1855 Alger moved to the Bulfinch Street Church in Boston, where he gained a reputation as an orator. The next year, he published ...

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Bancroft, Aaron (10 November 1755–19 August 1839), Unitarian minister and author, was born in Reading, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel Bancroft, a wealthy and respected landowner, and Lydia Parker. Bancroft spent his early years laboring on his father’s large Reading farm. His early desire for higher education and high aptitude for learning convinced his father to send him to college. Enrolling in Harvard in 1774 at the age of nineteen, Bancroft spent the years of the revolutionary war studying for the ministry and abroad serving as a missionary. After graduating with honors in 1778, Bancroft undertook a brief study of theology with Thomas Haven, his boyhood minister. After preaching in various pulpits for a few months, Bancroft made an unusual appeal to the Massachusetts Executive Council: since his country was at war, he asked for permission to perform missionary work in Nova Scotia, Canada. With the approval of the council, Bancroft spent three years preaching to British Canadians....

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Barrows, Samuel June (26 May 1845–21 April 1909), minister, reformer, and editor, was born in New York City, the son of Richard Barrows, a printer, and Jane Weekes. He was four when his father died and nine when his mother asked her husband’s cousin, printing-press innovator ...

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Bellows, Henry Whitney (11 June 1814–30 January 1882), Unitarian minister, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of John Bellows, a wealthy merchant, and Betsy Eames. From 1824 to 1828 he attended the Round Hill School conducted by George Bancroft in Northampton, Massachusetts, then went to Harvard, from which he graduated in 1832. He taught school in Cooperstown, New York, and served as a tutor in a Louisiana family. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1837. After a brief pastorate in Mobile, Alabama, he served as minister of the First Unitarian Church in New York City from 1839 until his death. He cherished his southern experience and was proud that he and many of his congregation hailed from New England—“the mother of so many sturdy virtues,” he liked to declare. But, earlier than most New Englanders, he recognized that New York had become the “central seat of power.” Late in life he declared that “the largeness and variety of life” in New York “expanded my horizons.”...

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Bentley, William (22 June 1759–29 December 1819), clergyman, scholar, and journalist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Joshua Bentley, a carpenter, and Elizabeth Paine, the daughter of a merchant. Bentley was raised in the home of William Paine, the prosperous grandfather for whom he was named, and he was educated at the Boston Latin School before entering Harvard College in 1773. After graduation in 1777, Bentley taught school. He returned to Harvard in 1780 as a tutor in Latin and Greek and prepared for the ministry. Ordained at the Second (East) Congregational parish in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1783, Bentley served in its pulpit until his death thirty-six years later....

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Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown (20 May 1825–05 November 1921), minister, reformer, and author, was born in Henrietta, New York, the daughter of Joseph Brown, a farmer and justice of the peace, and Abigail Morse. Antoinette proved a precocious child, following her older siblings to school at the age of three. The preaching of evangelist ...

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Blake, James Vila (21 January 1842–27 April 1925), clergyman and author, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Hamlin Blake, a successful merchant, and Elizabeth Dexter. After his graduation from Harvard University in 1862, Blake became secretary to Massachusetts governor John Andrew...

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Buckminster, Joseph Stevens (26 May 1784–09 June 1812), Unitarian minister, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Joseph Buckminster, a Congregationalist minister, and Sarah Stevens. Buckminster completed his A.B. at Harvard in 1800 and became pastor of the Brattle Street Church in Boston in 1804. Young, passionately eloquent in his preaching, and committed to a more rigorous form of biblical scholarship influenced by the German “higher criticism,” Buckminster soon made an enormous impact on Boston intellectual culture....

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Channing, William Ellery (07 April 1780–02 October 1842), Unitarian clergyman and author, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of William Channing, a lawyer, and Lucy Ellery. His father, a prominent Federalist, had been attorney general of Rhode Island and U.S. district attorney; ...