The following list shows a sample of notable Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. Click on the person’s name to find out more.

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

Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888 Abolitionist, author of Little Women
Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906 Activist, publisher
Hossea Ballou 1771-1852 Universalist minister
P. T. Barnum 1810-1891 Showman
Bartók Béla (aka Béla Bartók) 1881-1945 Hungarian composer
Clara Barton 1821-1912 Organizer of the American Red Cross
Sir Tim Berners-Lee b. 1955 Physicist, inventor of the World Wide Web
Peter Brock 1920-2006 Historian, pacifist scholar, member of this congregation
Robert Burns 1759-1796 National Poet of Scotland
Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) b. 1982 Musician
James Coyne 1910-2012 Governor of the Bank of Canada (1955-1961), member of this congregation in the 1960’s
E. E. Cummings 1894-1962 poet, painter
William Dennison 1905-1981 Mayor of Toronto (1966-1972), member of this congregation
Charles Dickens 1812-1870 Novelist, author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 Unitarian minister, essayist, poet
Lloyd Francis 1920-2007 MP for Ottawa area ridings (1962-1984), parliamentary speaker (1980-1984)
Robert Fulghum b. 1937 Unitarian Minister, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983 Engineer, designer, inventor, futurist
Gary Gygax 1938-2008 Creator of Dungeons and Dragons
Edvard Grieg 1843-1907 Norwegian composer
Edmond Halley 1656-1742 Astronomer, discoverer of Halley’s comet
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864 Author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables
Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova 1909-1990 Canadian humanitarian, founder of USC Canada
Bruce Hyer b. 1946 MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North (2008-2015)
Rev. William P. Jenkins 1911-1985 Minister 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 1950s called “Let’s Think Together”.
Margaret Laurence 1926-1987 Canadian author of The Stone Angel and The Diviners
Arthur Lismer 1885-1969 Canadian painter, member of the Group of Seven, member of this congregation
Dorothy Livesay 1909-1996 Canadian poet
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 Poet, educator
Herman Melville 1819-1891 Author of Moby Dick
John Molson 1763-1836 Canadian brewer, Member of the Legislative Council of Lower Canada
Robert Munsch b. 1945 Canadian author of Love You Forever and The Paper Bag Princess
Paul Newman 1925-2008 Actor
Sir Isaac Newton 1642-1726 Physicist and mathematician
Florence Nightingale 1820-1910 Nurse, humanitarian, statistician, Inventor of the Pie Chart
Linus Pauling 1901-1994 Chemist, peace activist, double Nobel Laureate
Randy Pausch 1960-2008 Computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, author of The Last Lecture
Sylvia Plath 1932-1963 Poet, author of The Bell Jar
Beatrix Potter 1866-1943 Conservationist, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Joseph Priestley 1733-1804 Scientist, natural philosopher, political theorist
Christopher Reeve 1952-2004 Actor
May Sarton 1912-1995 Poet, author of Coming Into Eighty and Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
Alyson Schafer   Canadian parenting expert, TV host, Author of Ain’t Misbehavin, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and Breaking the Good Mom Myth
Pete Seeger 1919-2014 Musician, social activist
Rod Serling 1924-1975 Screenwriter, TV producer
Michael Servetus 1511-1553 Theologian, Unitarian martyr
Vilhjalmur Stefansson 1979-1962 Arctic explorer, champion of Native American rights
Emily Stowe 1813-1903 Toronto physician, suffragette, first woman doctor in Canada
Margaret Sutton (aka Rachel Beebe) 1903-2001 Author of children’s books, including the Judy Bolton series
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 Author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist
Luigi Von Kunits 1870-1931 Founder and conductor of the Toronto Symphony, violinist, member of this congregation
Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007 Author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions
Zach Wahls b. 1991 Activist, author of My Two Moms
Josiah Wedgwood 1730-1795 British potter
Dawud Wharnsby b. 1972 Canadian musician
Walt Whitman 1819-1892 Poet, humanist
Dr. Joseph Workman 1805-1894 Toronto psychiatrist, educator, mental health advocate, co-founder of this congregation
Frank Lloyd Wright 1867-1959 Architect
N.C. Wyeth 1882-1945 Illustrator
John II Sigismund Zápolya 1540-1570 King of Hungary

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