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This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 26

1608 – George Otinovius, a Socinian who was imprisoned for writing Book of Extracts from the Scriptures and the Church Fathers, died in prison. He was headmaster of the Socinian School in Rakow. With his older brother, Erasmus Otvinovius, he also wrote Unitarian tracts.

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This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 25

1566 – Ferancesco Sega de Rovigo was executed for being a member of the Unitarian society in Venice, Italy. He was a friend of Laelius Socinus and was influenced by Michael Servetus’s On the Errors of the Trinity. De Rovigo was taken by boat into … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 24

1566 The first disputation on the Trinity in Transylvania, originally scheduled for Torda, was opened at Gyulafehervard under the leadership of Francis Dávid and authority of Prince John Sigismund. This brought to a close a period of outbursts against the Trinity by a local clergy … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 23

1813 – John Murray Forbes was born in Bordeaux, France. His father was a wealthy merchant, and John learned the trade. He invested in land, iron, steam and railroads and served as the president of the Michigan Central Railroad. Murray became an abolitionist and provided … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 21

1830 – Brooke Herford was born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England. He studied theology at Manchester College and served as a Unitarian minister in England and the United states. Herford was author of The Story of Religion in England. Harvard awarded him a D.D. degree. … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 18

1719 – The English Parliament repealed the Schism Act, an extreme High Tory measure to prevent nonconformists and Catholics from educating their own children. Queen Anne died on the day the Act was to take effect in 1714. It was repealed because her successor, King … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 17

1958 – Frederick May Eliot, president of the American Unitarian Association, died at age 68. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Eliot descended from a long line of Unitarian ministers. He headed the Commission on Appraisal of the American Unitarian Association when it issued its historic report … read more.

This Day in Unitarian Universalist History February 16

1791 – Samuel Gilman was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1811, taught school and mathematics at Harvard College from 1817 to 1819, and was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in Charlston, South Carolina. His song “Fair Harvard” is still sung … read more.