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Reverend William Ellery Channing

Reverend William Ellery Channing

(1780-1842) ~ Inducted 2012

Reverend William Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 - October 2, 1842) was born in Newport, a grandson of William Ellery, a Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence.&nbsp;He was also raised in Newport prior to graduating from Harvard in 1798.&nbsp;Thereafter he often visited Rhode Island, but he made his career in Boston as America's foremost minister of Unitarianism, a sect that rejected harsh Calvinistic theology in favor of a gentle, loving relationship with God.&nbsp;

From 1803 until his death Channing was pastor of Boston's Federal Street Church.&nbsp;His sermons and writings on religious reform and abolitionism had great influence, and his thought contributed to the development of the Transcendentalist movement in New England.&nbsp;

He died in 1842 and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.&nbsp;A monument to his memory graces Newport's Touro Park.

- (Dr.)&nbsp;Patrick T.&nbsp;Conley


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