George Huntston Williams
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George Huntston Williams
George Huntston Williams
Born(1914-04-07)April 7, 1914
DiedOctober 6, 2000(2000-10-06) (aged 86)
Marjorie Derr
(m. 1941)
Academic background
Alma mater
InfluencesJames Luther Adams
Academic work
InstitutionsHarvard University
Main interestsSocinianism
Notable works

George Huntston Williams (April 7, 1914, in Huntsburg - October 6, 2000) was an American professor of Unitarian theology and historian of the Socinian movement.

Williams' father was a Unitarian minister in Ohio. Williams studied at St. Lawrence University (graduated 1936), and Meadville Theological School (graduated 1939). After studies in Paris and Strasbourg he became assistant minister of a Unitarian church in Rockford, Illinois, where he married. From 1941 he taught church history at the Unitarian-affiliated Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and at the nearby Pacific School of Religion, while studying for his Th.D. completed at Union Theological Seminary, New York (1946). From 1947 he taught at Harvard Divinity School, being appointed Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History from 1956 to 1963. In 1981 he was appointed to the Hollis Chair of Divinity.[1][2][3] He was among the original Editorial Advisors of the scholarly journal Dionysius. As an anti-abortion activist, he became the first chairman of the board of Americans United for Life.[4]


  • Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers: Documents Illustrative of the Radical Reformation, 1957
  • The Polish Brethren : Documentation of the History and Thought of Unitarianism in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and in the Diaspora 1601-1685, Scholars Press, 1980, ISBN 0-89130-343-X.
  • The Radical Reformation, 1962 ISBN 0-940474-15-8.
  • Unterschiede zwischen dem polnischen und dem siebenbürgisch-ungarischen Unitarismus und ihre Ursachen, in: Wolfgang Deppert/Werner Erdt/Aart de Groot (Hrsg.): Der Einfluß der Unitarier auf die europäisch-amerikanische Geistesgeschichte, Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main/Bern/New York/Paris 1990, ISSN 0930-4118, ISBN 3-631-41859-0, S. 33-57.
  • Article The Attitude of Liberals in New England toward Non-Christian Religions, 1784-1885, Crane Review 9.


  1. ^ Memorial Minute for George H. Williams. Harvard Gazette. March 20, 2003. Accessed September 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "George Huntston Williams: Historian of the Christian Church". Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Towards a Complete Bibliography of the Writings of George Huntston Williams". The Harvard Theological Review. 67 (2): 139-153. 1974. doi:10.1017/S0017816000003229. JSTOR 1509213.
  4. ^ Carol Mason: Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-Life Politics. Cornell University Press, Ithaca 2002, ISBN 978-0-8014-3920-9, page 140.

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Academic offices
Preceded by Winn Professor of
Ecclesiastical History

Succeeded by
Preceded by Hollis Chair of Divinity
Succeeded by

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