John Quincy Adams

objects in the collection: 1

Among his many accomplishments, John Quincy Adams served as the sixth president of the United States. Throughout his career, he paid careful attention to the role of morality and virtue in shaping the nation's character and policy.

Jane Addams

objects in the collection: 5

Jane Addams dedicated her life to ensuring that even the nation's poorest citizens would be able to realize their natural right to the "pursuit of happiness" central to the Declaration of Independence. Although Addams’ personal religious views are somewhat enigmatic, she fully believed that the human soul existed on a level above the merely material or even rational.

Edward Beecher

objects in the collection: 1

Edward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, the brother of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. In addition, Beecher was an erudite and widely published abolitionist and social reformer. 

Lyman Beecher

objects in the collection: 1

Lyman Beecher, father of Edward Beecher and Henry Ward Beecher, was an outspoken proponent of the traditional doctrines of Calvinism, as well as a proponent of widespread religiously-based education.

Henry Ward Beecher

objects in the collection: 1

Henry Ward Beecher, younger brother of Edward Beecher, was one of the most popular and influential preachers in nineteenth century America. His church in Brooklyn, New York, then a prosperous middle class community, was well attended and his sermons widely read.

A.C. Dixon

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A. C. Dixon was a well-known Baptist minister, writer and evangelist, and one of the founders of American Fundamentalism.

Jonathan Edwards

objects in the collection: 1

Jonathan Edwards served as pastor of the Congregational church in Northhampton, Massachusetts and recorded the revivals in the town that eventually spread and became known as the first Great Awakening. He is considered to be one the greatest American theologians of all time.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

objects in the collection: 1

Harry Emerson Fosdick was a well-known Baptist minister and writer, and a self-described liberal who opposed religious fundamentalism.

G. Stanley Hall

objects in the collection: 2

G. Stanley Hall was perhaps the most prominent psychologist in America in the later years of the nineteenth century. He founded the American Journal of Psychology (1887), was the first president of the American Psychological Association (1892), served as president of Clark University for 31 years, taught philosophy, and wrote a good deal about education.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

objects in the collection: 1

Thomas Jefferson

objects in the collection: 1

Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Notes on the State of Virginia. He served as the third president of the United States (1801-1809).

Martin Luther King, Jr.

objects in the collection: 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. was the son, grand-son, and great-grandson of Baptist preachers committed to the power of the Gospel to bring social justice. As a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, he is perhaps best known for advocating the use of non-violent methods of civil disobedience.

Abraham Lincoln

objects in the collection: 2

Abraham Lincoln served as the sixteenth president of the United States, leading the nation through the Civil War.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

objects in the collection: 1

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most widely celebrated American poet of his time. His poems frequently celebrated nationalist themes and contributed to the evolution of the New England literary tradition.

J. Gersham Machen

objects in the collection: 1

J. Gersham Machen was the last of a long line of Presbyterian theologians at Princeton who thought of themselves as upholding the traditional teachings of the denomination. He eventually left Princeton to found Westminster Theological Seminary.

Cotton Mather

objects in the collection: 1

Cotton Mather was among the most prolific Puritan authors, writing on topics ranging from childrearing to witchcraft to science, education, international politics, and more.

Jonathan Mayhew

objects in the collection: 1

Jonathan Mayhew, a Boston Congregationalist pastor, was one of the earliest and most outspoken opponents to British policies towards the American colonies. John Adams credited his preaching with inspiring the American Revolution.

Dwight Lyman Moody

objects in the collection: 1

Dwight L. Moody was one of the most famous evangelists and reformers of the nineteenth century. After a religious conversion as a young salesman in Boston, Moody began to volunteer as a speaker at his local church. Eventually he moved to Chicago, where he started a Sunday school in a poor neighborhood. As the parents of the Sunday school students became interested in what their children were learning, Moody eventually formed a large urban congregation ministering primarily to the poor and immigrant populations of the city.

Barack Obama

objects in the collection: 1

Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States (2009-2017). He was the first African-American to hold that office.

Benjamin Morgan Palmer

objects in the collection: 1

A Southern Presbyterian, Benjamin Morgan Palmer spoke widely on the issues of his time, ranging from evolution to secession.

Ronald Reagan

objects in the collection: 1

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989). He was helped into office by his ability to appeal to the "Moral Majority" and other conservative Christian organizations.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

objects in the collection: 1

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as the 32nd president of the United States (1933-1945). A Progressive Democrat, Roosevelt enacted sweeping social reforms known as the "New Deal" in an effort to bring the nation out of the Great Depression. During his third term in office, the bombing of Pearl Harbor led to the United States' entry into World War II.

Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch

objects in the collection: 1

Francis Schaeffer

objects in the collection: 1

A student of J. Gresham Machen, Schaeffer was among the most forceful voices in late twentieth century American Christianity to speak against the social and political repercussions of the materialist and evolutionary view of human nature.

Ellen Gates Starr

objects in the collection: 1

Edward Taylor

objects in the collection: 2

Edward Taylor was born in England during the civil war between Royalists and Puritans. As a schoolboy he developed the radical Protestant convictions ascendant during Oliver Cromwell’s regime. Having found his freedom to worship, study and teach restricted after the Restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, Taylor immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1668. There he completed his education at Harvard and accepted a call to the ministry, becoming pastor of the Congregational Church in Westfield, Massachusetts. He served the church for over fifty years, marrying twice and raising fourteen children in Westfield.

Various

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George Washington

1st President of the United States
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A collection of Washington's writings on religion. Highlight's include Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Maecenas congue rhoncus nisi, ut dignissim eros commodo vel. Sed vitae consequat mi, quis vestibulum tellus. Duis a blandit tellus.

Woodrow Wilson

objects in the collection: 2

Woodrow Wilson served as the 28th president of the United States (1913-1921). An intellectual with a Ph. D. in Political Science, Wilson championed Progressive causes in office. Although he initially campaigned on a promise of neutrality, he eventually changed his position and led the nation into World War I, using quasi-religious rhetoric to frame the war as a crusade to "make the world safe for democracy."

John Winthrop

objects in the collection: 1

John Winthrop was the first governor of the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony and the single most influential voice in its politics for its first twenty years of existence.

Stephen S. Wise

objects in the collection: 1

Stephen S. Wise was among the most prominent Jewish rabbis in America in the first half of the twentieth century. An ardent supporter of both Zionism and Progressive social reform, he and his congregation quickly became known for their efforts not only to advance the cause of the Jewish diaspora, but other marginalized people groups at home and abroad.

Edward L. Youmans

objects in the collection: 1

Edward L. Youmans founded Popular Science Monthly in 1872, and was a tireless promoter and popularizer of scientific ideas.