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Charles Harold Lyttle

Clergyman , educator

Charles Harold Lyttle, American clergyman, educator. Member; Fellowship of Reconciliation.; Member Wider Quaker; Club: Quadrangle.


Lyttle, Charles Harold was born on July 16, 1884 in Cleveland. Son of George Herbert and Arabella Eleanor (Jones) Lyttle.


Bachelor of Arts, Adelbert College (Western Reserve University), 1907. A.M., Western Reserve University, 1908. Bachelor of Divinity, Meadville Theological School, 1910, Doctor of Theology, 1923.

Studied university of Berlin and Marburg, 1911. School of Theology and Ministry, Harvard Division School, 1913.


Ordained Unitarian ministry, 1914. Pastor 2d Church, Brooklyn, 1914-1924, First Unitarian Church, Geneva, Illinois, since 1927. Professor Church history, Meadville Theological School, since 1924.

Professor Modern Church His., Federated Theological Faculty University of Chicago, 1943-1949, now professor emeritus, lecturer University College, 1954-1955. Director Unitarian History Society. President Theological Faculties Union, 1936.

President American Society Church History, 1939-1940. Executive secretary Chicago Unitarian Council, 1937-1943, president, 1946-1949. Archivist Western Unitarian Conference, since 1951. vice president, Citizens Schools Committee, Chg., 1947-1949, member of the board of advisors, since 1949.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Pentecost of American Unitarianism, 1918. Editor: The Liberal Gospel (Channing Anthology), 1925. Part author of Humanist Sermons, 1927.The Religion of Early Freemasonry, 1939. Emerson’s Self Reliance, 1942. Freedom Moves West, 1953.


Member; Fellowship of Reconciliation. Member Wider Quaker; Club: Quadrangle.


Married Marcia Taft Janes, July 1, 1922. Children: David Janes, Bradford Janes.

George Herbert Lyttle

Arabella Eleanor (Jones) Lyttle

Marcia Taft Janes

David Janes Lyttle

Bradford Janes Lyttle