The Rev. Charles Henry Brigham, Minister from 1865-1877

Rev Brigham was the first minister of our congregation. He was known as an exceptional scholar and a powerful and convincing speaker. He was sent by the American Unitarian Association to Ann Arbor in large part to reach out to university students and mold the minds of the upcoming leaders of the West. He drew large numbers of students and townspeople alike to his sermons. One year his very popular Bible Study classes drew  students from over 180 different towns and cities in 20 states. A friend speaking of Rev. Brigham after his death noted that over 30 of his students had become editors of secular journals; and "I have no doubt that the liberality of many such journals in the West is the natural outgrowth of this Bible class."


 *Photo of Percy Dawson from the collection of the National Library of Medicine