1797 – Samuel Joseph May was born in Boston. He was a popular Unitarian personality and a colleague of William Ellery Channing. A traveling preacher, May went as far south as Washington, D.D. where he saw slavery firsthand. May edited The Liberal Christian and espoused the causes of abstinence, peace, education, women’s rights, abolition, and the elimination of corporal and capital punishment. In 1845, May accepted a call to Syracuse, New York, where a new church was dedicated as the May Memorial Church. Read more about Samuel Joseph May.