Frequently termed Socinians from Laelius Socinus, who founded a sect in Italy
In America Dr. James Freeman
, of King's Chapel
, in 1783, removed from the Prayer book of common prayers
all reference to the Trinity
or Deity and worship of Christ
; his church became distinctly Unitarian
In 1801 the Plymouth Church declared itself Unitarian
Dr. William Ellery Channing
(1780-1842) was the acknowledged head of this church until his death.
The American Unitarian association was formed May 24, 1825; headquarters at Boston, Mass.
The Western conference organized 1852, and a national Unitarian
conference at New York City, April 5, 1865.
Reports for 1900 showed: 550 ministers, 459 churches, and 71,000 members.