Channing, Henry

Channing, Henry a Unitarian minister, was born at Newport, R.I., in 1760. He graduated at Harvard College in 1781, where also he was tutor from 1783 to 1786. He was ordained and installed over the Congregational Church in New London in 1787. A revival of religion commenced with his ministry, and continued two years. He was dismissed, at his own request, May 20, 1806. In January, 1808, he was called to the Congregational Church in Canandaigua, N. Y., and continued till May, 1811, when he resigned. His preaching during this period was never distinctively Unitarian, and, indeed, little was known of Unitarianism, at least in that part of the country. In 1817 he returned to New London, and in the two following years was a member of the Legislature of Connecticut. After this he went to New York City, where he died in 1840. He published two Sermons. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 8:361.

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