Thomas Starr King

Thomas Starr King

Born Dec 17, 1824

Thomas Starr King was an American Unitarian and Universalist minister, influential in California politics during the American Civil War. Starr King spoke zealously in favor of the Union and was credited by Abraham Lincoln with preventing California from becoming a separate republic. He is sometimes referred to as "the orator who saved the nation."… Read More

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1824 Birth Thomas Starr King was born on December 17, 1824, in New York City to Rev. Thomas Farrington King, a Universalist minister, and Susan Starr King. … Read More


1849 25 Years Old In 1849 he was appointed pastor of the Hollis Street Church in Boston, where he became one of the most famous preachers in New England.


1859 35 Years Old He vacationed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in 1859 published a book about the area entitled The White Hills; their Legends, Landscapes, & Poetry.
1860 36 Years Old In 1860 he accepted a call from the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, California. … Read More
1861 37 Years Old Starr King's younger brother, Edward Starr King, served as captain of the clipper ship Syren. Capt. Starr King arrived in San Francisco aboard Syren just two days after his elder brother's stirring 1861 speech about Washington and the Union, remarking, "Starr has the brains of the family, and I the brawn." … Read More


1864 40 Years Old The relentless lecture circuit exhausted him, and he died in San Francisco on March 4, 1864, of diphtheria and pneumonia. … Read More
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