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Barton, Clara (1821-1912)

Clara Barton (December 25, 1821-April 12, 1912) was both famous and honored in her lifetime—and has a well-earned place in American history—as the angel of Civil War battlefields and founder of the American Red Cross.

Clarissa Harlowe Barton, the fifth and youngest child of Sarah Stone and Stephen Barton, was born on Christmas Day, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts, a small farming community.

Clara Barton

Rush, Benjamin (1745-1813)

Benjamin Rush, signer of America’s Declaration of Independence, was born on January 4, 1746, in Byberry Township, Pennsylvania, the son of a farmer and gunsmith. His father died when he was five and his mother supported the family by running a grocery store.

Benjamin Rush

Throop, Amos Gager (1811-1894)

Amos G. Throop was the founder of the California Institute of Technology. Harvard Square Library presents below an excerpt from Caltech’s Architectural History, by Romy Wyllie, to offer an illustrated consideration of this Universalist’s life. A fervent adherent to liberal religion, Throop established a Universalist group in Pasadena in 1886; the church still survives as Throop Memorial Church.…

Matthew Meselson

Matthew Meselson, a Harvard molecular biologist whose famous experiment substantiated the newly discovered double-helix structure of DNA and who prompted the United States to drop its biological and chemical weapons programs, has won a Lasker Award, a scientific honor sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobel.”…

Alfred North Whitehead: God


During his years of teaching philosophy at Harvard University, Alfred North Whitehead aroused newly intense questions concerning God and the World. Here are some selections from Religion in the Making, Science and the Modern World and Process and Reality. To read the biography of Alfred North Whitehead, click here.…

John Dewey: A Common Faith


John Dewey stands as America’s most notable twentieth-century public philosopher, reckoning with the practical problems of modern society as well as the perennial theoretical issues of philosophy. His classic Terry Lectures at Yale embody his distinctive reckoning with religion.

A Common Faith

John Dewey


Never before in history has mankind been so much of two minds, so divided into two camps, as it is today.…

John E. Smith: God at the End of the Century


The 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association was held at Yale University. The speaker at the Colloquium on God and the Modern World was John E. Smith, Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale and a primary interpreter of American philosophy and philosophy of religion.

Charles Hartshorne: The Modern World and a Modern View of God


The second Colloquium on God and the Modern World was delivered in 1961 at the First Church in Boston in connection with the Annual Meetings of the American Unitarian Association. One of Dr. Hartshorne’s notable books is Philosophers Speak of God.…

The President Meets the Prophet: Charles W. Eliot’s 1910 Encounter with Kahlil Gibran

Harvard Square Library is pleased to present online a recent article about a meeting between Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot and the artist and poet Kahlil Gibran. Paul M. Wright’s article, “The President Meets the Prophet: Charles W. Eliot’s 1910 Encounter with Kahlil Gibran,” appeared in the Fall 2010 issue (Vol.…

Andrew Young

 Andrew Young is an ordained minister, international businessman, sports enthusiast, human rights activist, published author and former public servant. He was elected to three terms in the United States House of Representatives from the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia, and, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter named him Ambassador to the United Nations.…