Charles Chauncy, the great-grandson of the minister who came to
Plymouth in 1638 and became the second president of Harvard College,
served the First Church in Boston for sixty years, effectively
opposing Jonathan Edwards and the extravagant emotionalism of
the Great Awakening. He was not only an advocate of the American
Revolution, but a public champion of the doctrines of universalism.
Chauncy was a precursor of Unitarianism.