Donald S. Harrington

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Donald Szantho Harrington (July 11, 1914 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts – September 16, 2005 in Romania) was an American politician and religious leader.


Harrington graduated from the University of Chicago in 1939, and began preaching at the People's Liberal Church on Chicago's South Side. The same year, he married fellow seminary student Vilma Szantho (d. 1982). They had two children: Loni Hancock and David Harrington.

Harrington became a minister of the Community Church of the New York Unitarian Universalist in New York City in 1944. He retired as senior minister in 1982.

He was State Chairman of the Liberal Party of New York, being the "face" of the party which was ruled with an iron fist by Alex Rose until 1976.

In the New York state election, 1966, Harrington ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the Liberal ticket with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. They were defeated by the incumbent Republicans Nelson Rockefeller and Malcolm Wilson, but Harrington was elected a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1967.

In 1984, he married his first wife's niece, Anika Szantho, who was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1990. They lived in Transylvania where Harrington was active in economic development and his wife served several village congregations.

Harrington died from sequels of a gall bladder surgery, done in spring 2005, from which he never fully recovered.

A past president of United World Federalists, Harrington wrote Religion in an Age of Science (1965).

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Preceded by
John J. Burns
Liberal Party Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Basil Paterson