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Francis, Convers (09 November 1795–07 April 1863), Unitarian clergyman and university professor, was born in West Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Convers Francis, a baker, and Susannah Rand. He was an older, and favorite, brother of Lydia Maria Child, the distinguished author and social reformer, who often acknowledged his salutary influence upon her. Francis entered Harvard College in 1811 and graduated with an A.B. degree in 1815. He remained at Harvard to complete a course of studies in divinity in 1818. That year he was licensed to preach by both the Boston and the Cambridge Association of Congregational Ministers. In June of the following year he was ordained and called as pastor to the First Parish Congregational Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he remained for twenty-three years, about one-half of his career. In 1822 he married Abby Bradford Allyn, daughter of Rev. John Allyn of Duxbury, Massachusetts; the couple had two children....

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Hedge, Frederic Henry (12 December 1805–21 August 1890), Unitarian minister and Harvard professor, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Levi Hedge, a Harvard professor, and Mary Kneeland. His early education came from his father, Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, and ...

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Peabody, Andrew Preston (19 March 1811–10 March 1893), Unitarian minister and college professor, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of Andrew Peabody, a teacher, and Mary Rantoul. Tutored by relatives and neighbors, he early mastered Greek, Latin, and French and began the study of German and Hebrew. His long hours of study developed in him an excellent memory. He was able to enter Harvard as a junior at the age of thirteen and to graduate, two years later, as one of the youngest ever to receive a Harvard degree. For the next three years he taught in schools in Pennsylvania and New England, then enrolled in the Divinity School at Harvard. After graduating in 1832 and tutoring in mathematics at Harvard for a year, he was called to serve in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as junior pastor in the prestigious South Parish. His senior colleague died almost immediately, and Peabody led the church until 1860. In 1836 he married Catherine Whipple Roberts; they had eight children....

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Peabody, Francis Greenwood (04 December 1847–28 December 1936), Unitarian clergyman and Harvard academician, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ephraim Peabody, a Unitarian minister, and Mary Jane Derby. After Ephraim Peabody’s early death in 1856, the family lived a frugal existence in a small Beacon Hill residence. Members of his father’s church, King’s Chapel, provided funds for Francis’s education. He earned degrees from Harvard College, Divinity School, and Graduate School (A.B., 1869; S.T.B., 1872; A.M., 1872) and studied in Germany at the University of Halle under August Tholuck (1872–1873). In 1872 Peabody married Cora Weld; they had five children, only two of whom survived both parents....