Thomas Whittemore (Universalist)
Thomas Whittemore (January 1, 1800 - Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 21, 1861) was an influential member of the Universalist Church of America and founder and editor of The Trumpet and Universalist magazine (1828), which succeed the Universalist magazine of Hosea Ballou.
Like Ballou and Ballou's grand-nephew, Hosea Ballou 2nd, first president of Tufts College, Whittemore contributed to Universalist historiography claiming precedents for Universalist beliefs in earlier Christianity He co-founded with Thomas J. Sawyer of New York the Universalist Historical Society (1834). These histories were influential in bringing many readers to think of the Christians of the first centuries as Universalists.
From 1831-1836 Whittemore served as Cambridge's representative in the Massachusetts legislature, being involved in chairing the committee that led to the disestablishment of the Congregational Church and Unitarian Church, to whose special status Whittemore was opposed, from their privileged position written into the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Whittmore viewed that "no civil government has a right to compel the citizens to support any system of religion whatsoever." and supported calls for a popular referendum for separation of church and state in 1834, the result of which brought Massachusetts into line with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
He was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
- The Modern History of Universalism 1830, revised 1860 - a companion to Ballou's Ancient History of Universalism which deals with 1500-1800
- The plain guide to Universalism: designed to lead inquirers to the belief of the doctrine, and believers to the practice of it 1840
- article Universalists sustain the Bible 
- Life of Rev. Hosea Ballou, 1855
- The early days of Thomas Whittemore: An autobiography 1860
- Paul Finkelman Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century 2001 "Thomas Whittemore (1800-1861) Whittemore was one of Universalism's most ardent defenders and the editor of Trumpet and Universalist'"
- UUA org bio
- Whittemore The early days of Thomas Whittemore: An autobiography "extended through nine years ; edited in the first two volumes by Rev. Hosea Ballou ; in a part of the second, and up to the end of the seventh volume, by Hosea Ballou, Hosea Ballou, 2d, and Thomas Whittemore"
- Russell E. Miller The larger hope: the first century of the Universalist Church in 1979 "became the Universalist Historical Society in 1834 was shared by Thomas J. Sawyer of New York, and Thomas Whittemore, editor of the Trumpet in Boston. According to Whittemore, it was Sawyer who originally conceived the idea.
- George Huntston Williams American universalism: a bicentennial historical essay 1976 p94 "by the Universalist histories of Hosea Ballou, 2nd and Thomas Whittemore to think of the Christians of the first centuries as Universalists."
- Alan Seaburg, Thomas Dahill Cambridge on the Charles 2001 p26 "As Cambridge's representative in the legislature at that time, the Reverend Thomas Whittemore, put it: "no civil government has a right to compel the citizens to support any system of religion whatsoever." "
- The Princeton encyclopedia of American political history Vol.1 ed. Michael Kazin, Rebecca Edwards, Adam Rothman - 2009 "Disestablishment of the Congregationalist churches in Massachusetts
- Stephen Higginson Clark The politics of disestablishment in Massachusetts, 1820-1833 1965
- John Benedict Buescher The other side of salvation: spiritualism and the Nineteenth-Century Religious Experience by John B. Buescher. (Paperback 9781558964488) 2004 p230 "On the New Jersey Universalist Association's creed, see Thomas Whittemore, "Universalists Sustain the Bible," The Trumpet and Universalist Magazine, August 19, 1848. 58: Thomas Whittemore, "Decision of the Vermont Convention," The Trumpet and Universalist Magazine, September 23,"