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Notable Unitarians

The following list shows a sample of notable Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. Click on Learn more to find out more.

Note that for privacy reasons, we have listed people who are alive only if they have publicly spoken about their faith.

NameDatesDescription 
Louisa May Alcott1832-1888Abolitionist, author of Little WomenLearn more
Susan B. Anthony1820-1906Activist, publisherLearn more
Hossea Ballou1771-1852Universalist ministerLearn more
P. T. Barnum1810-1891ShowmanLearn more
Clara Barton1821-1912Organizer of the American Red CrossLearn more
Bartók Béla (aka Béla Bartók)1881-1945Hungarian composerLearn more
Sir Tim Berners-Leeb. 1955Physicist, inventor of the World Wide WebLearn more
Peter Brock1920-2006Historian, pacifist scholar, member of this congregationLearn more
Robert Burns1759-1796National Poet of ScotlandLearn more
Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent)b. 1982MusicianLearn more
James Coyne1910-2012Governor of the Bank of Canada (1955-1961), member of this congregation in the 1960’sLearn more
e. e. Cummings1894-1962poet, painterLearn more
William Dennison1905-1981Mayor of Toronto (1966-1972), member of this congregationLearn more
Charles Dickens1812-1870Novelist, author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver TwistLearn more
Ralph Waldo Emerson1803-1882Unitarian minister, essayist, poetLearn more
Lloyd Francis1920-2007MP for Ottawa area ridings (1962-1984), parliamentary speaker (1980-1984)Learn more
Robert Fulghumb. 1937Unitarian Minister, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in KindergartenLearn more
Buckminster Fuller1895-1983Engineer, designer, inventor, futuristLearn more
Edvard Grieg1843-1907Norwegian composerLearn more
Gary Gygax1938-2008Creator of Dungeons and DragonsLearn more
Edmond Halley1656-1742Astronomer, discoverer of Halley’s cometLearn more
Nathaniel Hawthorne1804-1864Author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven GablesLearn more
Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova1909-1990Canadian humanitarian, founder of USC CanadaLearn more
Bruce Hyerb. 1946MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North (2008-2015)Learn more
Rev. William P. Jenkins1911-1985Minister of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 1943-1959. Known as the Canadian Unitarian Moses. Spread Unitarianism across Canada. Had a radio program on CHUM in the 1950&rlsquo;s called Let’s Think TogetherLearn more
Margaret Laurence1926-1987Canadian author of The Stone Angeland The DivinersLearn more
Arthur Lismer1885-1969Canadian painter, member of the Group of Seven, member of this congregationLearn more
Dorothy Livesay1909-1996Canadian poetLearn more
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807-1882Poet, educatorLearn more
Herman Melville1819-1891Author of Moby DickLearn more
John Molson1763-1836Canadian brewer, Member of the Legislative Council of Lower CanadaLearn more
Robert Munschb. 1945Canadian author of Love You Forever and The Paper Bag PrincessLearn more
Paul Newman1925-2008ActorLearn more
Sir Isaac Newton1642-1726Physicist and mathematicianLearn more
Florence Nightingale1820-1910Nurse, humanitarian, statistician, Inventor of the Pie ChartLearn more
Linus Pauling1901-1994Chemist, peace activist, double Nobel LaureateLearn more
Randy Pausch1960-2008Computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, author of The Last LectureLearn more
Sylvia Plath1932-1963Poet, author of The Bell JarLearn more
Beatrix Potter1866-1943Conservationist, author of The Tale of Peter RabbitLearn more
Joseph Priestley1733-1804Scientist, natural philosopher, political theoristLearn more
Christopher Reeve1952-2004ActorLearn more
May Sarton1912-1995Poet, author of Coming Into Eighty and Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids SingingLearn more
Alyson SchaferCanadian parenting expert, TV host, Author of Ain’t Misbehavin, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and Breaking the Good Mom MythLearn more
Pete Seeger1919-2014Musician, social activistLearn more
Rod Serling1924-1975Screenwriter, TV producerLearn more
Michael Servetus1511-1553Theologian, Unitarian martyrLearn more
Vilhjalmur Stefansson1979-1962Arctic explorer, champion of Native American rightsLearn more
Emily Stowe1813-1903Toronto physician, suffragette, first woman doctor in CanadaLearn more
Margaret Sutton (aka Rachel Beebe)1903-2001Author of children’s books, including the Judy Bolton seriesLearn more
Henry David Thoreau1817-1862Author, poet, abolitionist, naturalistLearn more
Luigi Von Kunits1870-1931Founder and conductor of the Toronto Symphony, violinist, member of this congregationLearn more
Kurt Vonnegut1922-2007Author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of ChampionsLearn more
Zach Wahlsb. 1991Activist, author of My Two MomsLearn more
Josiah Wedgwood1730-1795British potterLearn more
Dawud Wharnsbyb. 1972Canadian musicianLearn more
Walt Whitman1819-1892Poet, humanistLearn more
Dr. Joseph Workman1805-1894Toronto psychiatrist, educator, mental health advocate, co-founder of this congregationLearn more
Frank Lloyd Wright1867-1959ArchitectLearn more
N.C. Wyeth1882-1945IllustratorLearn more
John II Sigismund Zápolya1540-1570King of HungaryLearn more