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resources Main Page About Project Editors Contact Us Search Support Authors Margaret Brackenbury Crook (1886-1972) was a British Unitarian minister, women’s suffragist, peace activist, and religious studies professor. Trained at Manchester College in England, she is remembered for her path-breaking writings on feminist biblical analysis and theology, which she articulated in her book . . . read more Harold Hitz Burton (1888-1964) was a Unitarian layman, lawyer, and politician who served as Moderator of the American Unitarian Association (AUA). After three terms as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, he was elected to the United States Senate and in 1945 appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Truman. . . . read more Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a person of many talents and interests: surveyor, pencil-maker, naturalist, lecturer, schoolteacher, poet, anti-slavery activist, and spiritual seeker, to name but a few. He is best known as a member of the Transcendentalist circle of writers and religious radicals, and author of numerous books and essays, especially Walden . . . read more Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was one of the most prominent American Unitarian ministers of the last half of the nineteenth century. He was also a popular journalist, editor, and author. His short story, “The Man Without A Country,” is an American masterpiece. An active social and charitable reformer, he founded the Lend a Hand Society . . . read more Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (1889-1983) was one of the foremost British conductors of his time. Well-known for his advocacy and performance of the works of twentieth-century British composers, he was equally proficient in works of the standard repertoire. He conducted the premiere performances of . . . read more Edward Mott Woolley (1803-1853) was an itinerant, circuit-riding Universalist minister in New York and Michigan. He was the father of Lucia Fidelia Woolley Gillette, one of the first women Universalist ministers and the grandfather of Clarence Mott Woolley, an industrialist and St. Lawrence University benefactor . . . read more
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The dictionary is a public web resource that contains hundreds of concise biographies of Unitarian and Universalist leaders and celebrated individuals whose religion was Unitarian, Universalist, or Unitarian Universalist. The biographies in the dictionary are researched, written, illustrated, and edited by historians, ministers, theologians, and lay persons interested in the history of the Unitarian and Universalist movements. A number of our authors are or have been associated with Unitarian Universalist congregations, many have not.

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Antiwar & Peace Activists
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Homer Alexander Jack (1916-1993) was a Unitarian Universalist minister and early activist for peace, disarmament, racial equality and social justice. An accomplished writer and speaker, he organized and led a number of civil rights, disarmament, and peace organizations.
Stephen Hole Fritchman
Dana McLean Greeley
Julia Ward Howe
Linus Pauling
Caroline Severance
Dana McLean Greeley (1908-1986), a Unitarian minister, peace activist, and civil rights leader, was the last president of the American Unitarian Association (AUA) and the founding president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Carolina Seymour Severance (1820-1914), was for nearly seventy years an active social reformer, organizer, church woman and club woman whose varied work changed the lives of countless people. She met and became good friends with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. With Lucy Stone and other New England suffragists . . .
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Bronson Alcott • 1799-1888 • educator, philosopher, utopian, and visionary Isaac Morgan Atwood • 1838-1917 • Universalist minister, journalist, educator, and leader John Murray Atwood • 1869-1951 • Universalist minister, educator, and Canton School dean J.A.C.F. Auer • 1882-1964 • Dutch born Humanist professor at Tufts & Harvard Divinity School Hosea Ballou 2d • 1796-1861 • Universalist minister, scholar, journalist, and a founder of Tufts College Barton Ballou • 1791-1844 • taught at Nichols Academy, a Universalist school, until it burned down Brook Farm • 1841-47 • utopian community founded by Unitarian minister George Ripley and others Bruce Wallace Brotherston • 1877-1947 • Universalist philosophy teacher at St. Lawrence and Tufts Augusta Jane Chapin • 1836-1905 • groundbreaking woman minister and Universalist official Peter H. Clark • 1829-1925 • one of Ohio’s most effective black abolitionist writers and speakers Alfred S. Cole • 1893-1977 • Universalist historian, minister, and teacher of Homiletics at Tufts Orello Cone • 1835-1905 • Universalist professor at St. Lawrence and president at Buchtel College Peter Cooper • 1791-1883 • Unitarian inventor and founder of the Cooper Union in New York John Cousens • 1874-1937 • Universalist businessman, educator, and president of Tufts College Celio Secondo Curione  • 1503-1569 • Italian Protestant living in Switzerland during Reformation Charles Dall • 1816-1886 • Unitarian minister to the poor and later missionary to India for 30 years Ebenezer Fisher • 1815-1879 • Universalist minister and president of St. Lawrence Theological School John Gammell • 1836-1913 • educator and the third Unitarian minister to arrive in New Zealand John Godbey • 1927-1999 • Meadville Lombard teacher and Faustus Socinus/Reformation scholar Don Speed Smith Goodloe • 1878-1959 • African-American founder of Bowie State University Alexander Gordon • 1841-1931 • Unitarian minister, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland Matteo Gribaldi • c.1505-1564 • Italian legal scholar, Arian, and champion of Michael Servetus Frank Oliver Hall • 1860-1941 • Universalist, social gospeler, Tufts teacher, and New York City minister Eustace Haydon • 1880-1975 • leader of Humanist movement and Chicago Divinity School professor Alice Harrison • 1906-1989 • religious educator and organizer of youth programs Abigail Ballou Heywood • 1829-1918 • raised at utopian Hopedale she founded a school Horace Holley • 1781-1827 • Unitarian minister and president of University of Transylvania L. P. Jacks • 1860-1955 • British Unitarian educator and interpreter of modern philosophy Joseph Jordan • 1842-1901 • early African American Universalist minister in Norfolk, Virginia David Starr Jordan • 1851-1931 • president of Stanford University, peace activist, and scientist Max Kapp • 1904-1979 • Universalist minister, professor, and denominational official Elizabeth Briant Lee • 1908-1999 • sociologist, author, organizer, and advocate for women Alfred McClung Lee • 1906-1992 • sociologist and author of propaganda and race relations studies Samuel Loveland • 1787-1858 • Universalist minister, scholar, educator and pioneer religious journalist Charles Lyttle • 1884-1980 • Unitarian minister and professor of Church History in Chicago Angus MacLean • 1892-1969 • Universalist minister, college dean, and religious education expert Horace Mann • 1796-1859 • educator, advocate of universal public schools, and rights activist James Martineau • 1805-1900 • British Unitarian minister, educator, theologian, and philosopher Jean Mayer • 1920-1993 • French-American scientist, nutritionist, and president of Tufts Lee Sullivan McCollester • 1859-1943 • Universalist minister, professor, and Chaplain at Tufts Elizabeth Peabody • 1804-1894 • Unitarian reformer and educational pioneer Richard Pierce • 1915-1973 • minister, librarian, editor, professor, and Dean of Emerson College John Moses Ratcliff • 1892-1953 • Universalist minister, Tufts dean, and denominational official Curtis Reese • 1887-1961 • Chicago Unitarian, social activist, journalist, and leading Humanist Sarah Bradford Ripley • 1783-1847 • early self-taught scholar, teacher, and thinker T. J. Sawyer • 1894-1899 • Universalist educator and early promoter of Universalist education Clarence Skinner • 1881-1949 • widely known Universalist minister, writer, and social activist Lelio Sozzini (Laelius Socinus) • 1525-1562 • radical Reformation scholar from Italy Dorothy Spoerl • 1906-1999 • parish minister and leading religoius educator Theological School at St. Lawrence University • 1856-1965 • Universalist seminary in Canton, NY Albert Warren Stearns • Eliza Sunderland • Charles Wellbeloved • Earl Morse Wilbur • Frances Wayland Wood •
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Educators

Horace Mann

May 4, 1796-August 2, 1859 was an educator and a statesman who greatly advanced the cause of universal, free, non- sectarian public schools. Mann also advocated temperance, abolition, hospitals for the mentally ill, and women's rights. His preferred cause was education, about which he remarked that while "other reforms are remedial; education is preventative." Mann was raised in the congregational church . . . more Augusta Jane Chapin July 16, 1836-June 30, 1905 Universalist minister and educator, was one of the earliest women to be ordained in ministry. She was the first woman to sit on the Council of the General Convention of Universalists.
She was also a groundbreaker for women seeking higher education and . . . more

Don Speed Smith Goodloe

June 2, 1878 – September 2, 1959 founding principal of what is now Bowie State University, was the first African-American graduate of Meadville Theological School, the Unitarian seminary in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Goodloe was born in Lowell, Kentucky . . . more
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