Someone should write a Wikipedia article about Theodore Clapp

You know: the minister who established liberal religion in New Orleans, and in his day served, likeĀ ThomasĀ Starr King, as a bridge figure between the Unitarians and the Universalists. He has no Wikipedia article; a fact I discovered when I read about Judah Truro, himself an interesting figure.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. There are one or two biographies published (one back then, the other back in the 1950s or so), so that should help.
    We could probably come up with a list of folks who should be on Wikipedia.

  2. I first joined UU at First UU New Orleans in 1980. Rev Albert D’Orlando, himself a strong civil rights advocate, frequently referred to Clapp in his sermons. Later, I moved to Austin Tx. Circa 1985, in the Harry Ransom Center’s rare book collection, I found Clapp’s own memoir. The library card showed that nobody had checked it out since 1935. I was surprised to learn that Clapp had been a pro-slavery Unitarian.
    Rev D’Orlando is himself one who should be Wikipedia’d. He’s the subject of a mini-biography in “Seven Who Fought”, which Bill Moyers co-authored. (I have a copy around … somewhere.)

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