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Notable American Unitarians, 1936-1961

  • James Luther Adams: Theologian of Power, 1901-1994
  • Conrad Aiken: Unitarian Prodigy Poet, 1889-1973
  • Arthur Altmeyer: Father of Social Security, 1891-1972
  • Blanche Ames Ames: Artist & Women’s Rights Activist, 1878-1969
  • Melvin Arnold: Publisher, 1913-2000
  • E. Burdette Backus: Humanistic Ministry in Indianapolis, 1888-1955
  • Ben H. Bagdikian: Journalist for Social Justice, 1920-
  • Sara Josephine Baker: Physician and Public Health Worker, 1873-1945
  • Emily Greene Balch: Nobel Prize Laureate, 1867-1961
  • Roger Baldwin: Founder, American Civil Liberties Union, 1884-1981
  • John Bardeen: Double Nobel Laureate Scientist, 1908-1991
  • Béla Bartók: Composer, 1881-1945
  • Wendell Berge: Trust Buster, Washington D.C., 1903-1955
  • Paul & Mary Blanshard: Fighters for Social Justice, 1892-1980 & 1902-1965
  • John Nicholls Booth: From Magician to Minister, 1893-1960
  • Chester Bliss Bowles: Governor and Diplomat, 1901-1986
  • Ray Bradbury: Writer, 1920-2012
  • Ralph Wendell Burhoe: Religion in an Age of Science: 1911-1997
  • Edward C. Bursk: Harvard Business Review Editor: 1907-1990
  • Harold Hitz Burton: Justice of the US Supreme Court: 1888-1964
  • Hugh Cabot: Surgeon and Medical Reformer, 1872-1945
  • Ida M. Cannon: Pioneer Medical Social Worker: 1877-1960
  • Walter Bradford Cannon: Experimental Physiologist: 1871-1945
  • Paul N. Carnes: In Memoriam, 1921-1979
  • Brock Chisholm: Director, World Health Organization, 1896-1971
  • Grenville Clark: World Peace Through World Law, 1882-1967
  • Joseph S. Clark: US Senator and Mayor of Philadelphia, 1901-1990
  • Stanley Cobb: Neurologist and Psychiatrist, 1887-1968
  • Arthur Code: Astrophysicist and Space Age Astronomer, 1923-2009
  • Henry Steele Commager: American Public Intellectual, 1902-1998
  • William David Coolidge: Inventor, Physician, Research Director, 1873-1975
  • J. Raymond Cope: Minister in Berkeley, 1905-1988
  • Norman Cousins: Editor and Writer (Unitarian Friend), 1915-1990
  • Gardner Cox: Artist, 1906-1988
  • Bernice Brown Cronkhite: Radcliffe College Graduate Dean, 1893-1983
  • E. E. Cummings: Poet and Painter, 1894-1962
  • Merle E. Curti: American Social Historian, 1897-1966
  • Cyrus Dallin: American Sculptor, 1860-1943
  • Mabel Wheeler Daniels: Composer, 1878-1971
  • A. Powell Davies: Minister in the Capital, 1902-1957
  • Karl W. Deutsch: International Political Scientist, 1912-1992
  • John Dewey: A Common Faith (Unitarian Friend), 1859-1952
  • John H. Dietrich: Religion Without God?, 1878-1957
  • James Drummond Dole: Entrepreneur, 1877-1958
  • Emily Taft Douglas: US Representative, Illinois, 1899-1994
  • Paul H. Douglas: US Senator, 1892-1976
  • Abigail Adams Eliot: Nursery School Movement Pioneer, 1892-1992
  • Charles W. Eliot: Landscape Architect, 1899-1993
  • Frederick May Eliot: American Unitarian Association President, 1889-1958
  • Martha May Eliot: Social Pediatrician, Children’s Bureau Chief, 1891-1978
  • Samuel Atkins Eliot: First President of the Unitarians, 1862-1950
  • Thomas H. Eliot: Legislator and Educator, 1907-1991
  • William Emerson: MIT Dean of Architecture, 1873-1957
  • Sophia Lyon Fahs: Liberal Religious Educator, 1876-1978
  • Joseph and Margaret Fisher: Partners in Living Religon, 1914-1992; 1921-
  • Arthur Foote II: The Celebration of Life, 1911-1999
  • Henry Wilder Foote: Minister, Scholar, Hymnologist, 1875-1964
  • Stephen H. Fritchman: Heretic, 1902-1981
  • Buckminster Fuller: Designer of a New World, 1895-1983
  • Max Gaebler: Minister in Madison and Beyond, 1921-
  • Frank Gannett: Newspaper Publisher, 1876-1957
  • Dana McLean Greeley: The First Unitarian Universalist President, 1908-1986
  • Nancy Hale: Writer, 1908-1988
  • Donald S. Harrington: Community Church of New York, 1914-2005
  • Vilma Szantho Harrington: Woman Minister, 1913 – 1982
  • Charles Hartshorne: The Einstein of Religious Thought, 1897-2000
  • John Hayward: Philosopher of Religion and the Arts, 1918-2012
  • Clara Cook Helvie: Unitarian Ministry Pioneer, 1876-1969
  • Lotta Hitschmanova: Founder, Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, 1909 – 1990
  • John Holmes: Poet and Friend of Poetry, 1904-1962
  • John Haynes Holmes: The Community Church of New York, 1879-1964
  • Duncan Howlett: Minister, Author, and Forester, 1906-2003
  • Homer A. Jack: Social Activist, 1916-1993
  • Charles Rhind Joy: International Humanitarian, 1885-1978
  • Gyorgy Kepes: Exemplar of the Visual Arts, 1906-2001
  • James R. Killian, Jr.: President of MIT, 1904-1988
  • George Elbert Kimball: Operations Research Innovator, 1906-1967
  • W.M. Kiplinger: Publisher of the Kiplinger Letters, 1891-1967
  • Walter Donald Kring: Minister and Potter, 1917 – 1999
  • Arthur Becket Lamb: Chemist, Editor, Educator, 1880-1952
  • William L. Langer: Historian of Diplomacy, 1896-1977
  • John Howland Lathrop: Brooklyn’s World Minister, 1880-1967
  • Margaret Laurence: The First Lady of Canadian Literature, 1926 – 1983
  • Alfred McClung and Elizabeth Briant Lee: Frontline Sociologists, 1906-1992; 1908-1999
  • Arthur Lismer: Canadian Painter, Educator Through Art, 1885-1969
  • Duncan Littlefair: A Unitarian Preaching Naturalistic Religion, 1912-2004
  • Dorothy Livesay: Canadian Creator of Literary Culture, 1909-1996
  • Arthur Lovejoy: Founder of the History of Ideas Movement, 1873 – 1962
  • Florence Hope Luscomb: A Radical Foremother, 1887-1985
  • Rowena Morse Mann: First Woman Doctor of Philosophy, 1870-1958
  • John P. Marquand: Author, 1893-1960
  • Edward S. Mason: Political Economist, 1899-1992
  • Bernard Maybeck: California Architect, 1862-1957
  • Vashti Cromwell McCollum: Advocate for Church/State Separation, 1916-2006
  • Wade McCree, Jr.: Solicitor General of the United States, 1920-1987
  • Sidney E. Mead: Historian of Religion in America, 1904-1999
  • Daniel Melcher: Publishing Executive, 1912 – 1985
  • Frederic G. Melcher: Dean of American Publishing, 1879-1963
  • Jack Mendelsohn: Minister in Two Worlds, 1918-2012
  • Robert Millikan: Scientist, 1883-1953
  • Ashley Montagu: Anthropologist and Social Biologist, 1905-1999
  • Christopher Moore: Founder of Chicago’s Children’s Choir, 1929-1987
  • Mary Carr Moore: Composer, Teacher, Far Western Activist for American Music, 1873-1957
  • Arthur E. Morgan: Human Engineer and College President, 1878-1975
  • The Morison Brothers: A Unitarian Heritage
  • Margaret Moseley: Mountain-Moving Civil Rights Activist, 1901-1997
  • Maurine Neuberger: United States Senator, 1907-2000
  • Minerva Parker Nichols: A First American Woman Architect, 1860-1943
  • Max Otto: Unitarian Humanist, 1876-1968
  • Winfred Overholser: Psychiatrist, 1892-1964
  • Mary White Ovington: Founder of the NAACP, 1865-1951
  • David Park: West Coast Painter, 1911-1960
  • Kenneth Leo Patton: A Religion for One World, 1911-1994
  • Linus Pauling: Nobel Laureate for Peace and for Chemistry, 1901-1994
  • Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: Astronomer and Astrophysicist, 1900-1980
  • Leslie T. Pennington: Minister of Living Democracy, 1899-1974
  • William Pickering: Space Explorer, 1910-2004
  • Daniel Pinkham: Composer, 1923-2006
  • Van Rensselaer Potter: Global Bioethics, 1911-2001
  • Robert Raible: Unitarianism in Dallas, 1899-1968
  • Mary Jane Rathbun: Marine Zoologist, 1860-1943
  • Curtis W. Reese: Statesman of Religious Humanism, 1887-1961
  • Aurelia Henry Reinhardt: Mills College President, 1877-1948
  • Malvina Reynolds: Songwriter / Singer / Activist, 1900-1978
  • Elliot Lee Richardson: Lawyer and Public Servant, 1920-1999
  • Irma Rombauer: The Joy of Cooking, 1877-1962
  • Leverett Saltonstall: United States Senator, 1892-1979
  • Lilian Steichen Sandburg: Woman of a Million Names, 1883-1977
  • May Sarton: A Poet, 1912-1995
  • Arthur Schlesinger: Unrepentant Liberal Historian, 1917-2007
  • Richard Schultes: Explorer of the Amazon Jungle, 1915-2001
  • Albert Schweitzer: Exemplar of Life (Unitarian Friend), 1875-1965
  • Pete Seeger: Folk Singer and Songwriter, 1919-2014
  • Roy Wood Sellars: Philosopher of Religious Humanism, 1883-1973
  • Rod Serling: American Master, 1924-1975
  • Martha Sharp Cogan (1905-1999) and Waitstill Sharp (1902-1984): Unitarian Service Committee Pioneers
  • Herbert A. Simon: Artifical Intelligence Pioneer, 1916-2001
  • Dorothy T. Spoerl: Minister, Educator, Editor, 1909-1996
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Arctic Explorer, 1879-1962
  • Adlai E. Stevenson: A Voice of Conscience, 1900-1965
  • Jessie Taft: Psychologist, Sociologist, Social Work Educator, 1882-1960
  • Robert Ulich: Educator of Educators, 1890-1977
  • Caroline Veatch: Philanthropist, 1870-1953
  • Von Ogden Vogt: Exemplar of Religion and Art, 1879-1964
  • Caroline Farrar Ware: Historian and Social Activist, 1899-1990
  • Alfred North Whitehead: New World Philosopher (Unitarian Friend), 1861-1947
  • Willis Rodney Whitney: The “Father of Basic Research in Industry,” 1887-1958
  • Henry Nelson Wieman: Philosopher of Natural Religion, 1884-1975
  • Earl Morse Wilbur: Historian of Unitarianism, 1886-1956
  • Samuel Williston: Dean of America’s Legal Profession, 1861-1963
  • Edwin H. Wilson: Unitarian Humanist Leader, 1899-1993
  • David Rhys Williams: A Prophet in Rochester, 1890-1970
  • George Huntston Williams: Historian of the Christian Church, 1914-2000
  • William Carlos Williams: Physician and Author, 1883-1963
  • Conrad Wright: Historian of American Unitarianism, 1917-2011
  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Unitarian Architect, 1867-1959
  • Quincy Wright: Author of A Study of War, 1890-1970
  • Sewall Wright: Darwin’s Successor—Evolutionary Theorist, 1889-1988
  • Theodore Paul Wright: Aeronautical Engineer and Idealist, 1895-1970
  • N.C. Wyeth: Illustrator and Painter, 1882-1945
  • Ruth Young (Jandreau): Labor Union Leader, 1916-1986
  • Whitney Moore Young, Jr.: Social Work Administrator, 1921-1971
  • Appendix: Sellars’s 15 Theses of Naturalistic Humanism
  • Appendix: Unitarian Society of Madison
  • Appendix: Henry Nelson Wieman, The Confessions of a Religious Seeker