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July/August 1999

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1) Sen. Duncan Fletcher, a Florida Democrat, voted against the measure. Later, he joined then-Chief Justice Taft in speeches on special occasions before the Washington, DC, fellowship. “Suffrage Wins in Senate; Now Goes to States,” The New York Times, June 5, 1919; and the University of South Florida, Tampa, Campus Library

2) Two, so far. Thomas Jefferson ($2 and nickel) expressed strong Unitarian sympathies. But some may forget Susan B. Anthony (dollar coin, 1979-80), who crusaded for passage of the policy that eventually became the Nineteenth Amendment, approved in 1920. Famous UUs page

3) Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), and Sen. Kent Conrad (D.-N.D.).

4) William Howard Taft, in 1906, two years before winning election to succeed Teddy Roosevelt in the White House, wrote this to his wife, Helen Herron Taft. A renowned hostess and political operator, Helen Taft harbored electoral aspirations of her own and is credited with cajoling her husband into politics. Her legacy includes the planting of cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, where profuse blooms in late March or early April attract thousands of tourists each year. See entry on Taft in Grolier’s on-line encyclopedia

5) The collapse of the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Washington, DC, which killed nearly 100 people on January 28, 1922, following the accumulation of snow during a heavy blizzard, might have wiped out the city's Unitarian congregation if it had occurred just a half-day later. The congregation was meeting in the theater during its transition to new quarters.  Staples, Laurence, C., Washington Unitarianism:  A Rich Heritage, Washington, DC, 1970

6) In Quincy, Massachusetts, the United First Parish Church, known as the Church of the Presidents, has raised money to restore the crypts of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, who are buried in the church where both were members.  John Quincy Adams was the staunch abolitionist whose name was resuscitated in part through his depiction in the 1997 movie Amistad.  “Once Again, the Adams Presidents Suffer a Slight,” Elizabeth Mehren, Los Angeles Times, April 21, 1999

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