Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce

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Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce (1865–1943) was a Unitarian minister who served as Chaplain of the Senate (1909–1913).

Early years[edit]

Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 17, 1865. He received degrees from Hillsdale College and Harvard Divinity School (1890–1891). He was ordained in July 1891 at Decorah, Iowa.[1]


Following his ordination he served congregations in Decorah, Iowa (1891–1892), Pomona, California (1893–1897), and Ithaca, New York (1898–1901).[2][3]

From 1901 to 1942, Pierce was the pastor of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. He held the position of Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1909 to 1913, under President William Howard Taft.[4]

Dr. Pierce died October 10, 1943 at the age of 78. His ashes were entombed in a niche in the southwest corner of the Court of the Founders, All Soul’s Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On July 27, 1891 at Allegan, Michigan, Pierce married Helen Florence Lonsbury, daughter of George and Sarah Lonsbury.[5]


  1. ^ General Catalogue, by Newton Theological Institution, p. 201
  2. ^ Pierce, Ulysses G. B. Papers, 1903-1950
  3. ^ General catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University, by Harvard Divinity School, p. 115
  4. ^ a b All Souls Unitarian website
  5. ^ The Journal of the Senate, Issue 31, by California. Legislature.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Edward Everett Hale
52nd US Senate Chaplain
June 18, 1909 – March 13, 1913
Succeeded by
F.J. Prettyman