Rev. Dr. Joseph Tuckerman

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Joseph Tuckerman

Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Havana, La Habana, Cuba
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Francis Tuckerman and Elizabeth Tuckerman
Husband of Abigail Tuckerman and Sarah Tuckerman
Father of Abigail "Abby" Elizabeth Spooner; Francis Edward Tuckerman; Susan Tuckerman and Lucius Tuckerman
Brother of Elizabeth Salisbury; Lucretia Wier; Edward Tuckerman; Henry Harris Tuckerman and Gustavus Tuckerman

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About Rev. Dr. Joseph Tuckerman

TUCKERMAN, Joseph, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 18 January, 1778; died in Havana, Cuba, 20 April, 1840. His father, Edward Tuckerman, a citizen of Boston. was one of the founders of the first fire insurance company in New England. The son was graduated at Harvard in 1798, where he was the classmate of William Ellery Channing, and room-mate of Joseph Story. He entered the Unitarian ministry in 1801, and first settled in Chelsea. In 1826 he was appointed by the American Unitarian association minister at large in Boston. The remainder of his life was devoted to a scientific study of pauperism and the administration of charity. Joseph's father, Edward, though a man of modest means, was a close friend of a statesman of the American Revolution, John Hancock. Joseph was a Harvard College classmate friend of William Ellery Channing. He accepted the call to be pastor of the farming village of Chelsea outside Boston. His wife, Abigail Parkman, mother of their three children, died after four years. Aside from his ministry to all the families in town, he provided special assistance to seamen. In 1824 Harvard College honored him as a Doctor of Divinity. After serving in Chelsea for twenty-five years, he devoted the rest of his life to a pioneering urban ministry-at-large, serving the poor in the city of Boston, with support from the American Unitarian Association. The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches was formed in 1834, to carry on such work, which is now named the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

Doctor Tuckerman's action to advance urban social work and social action inspired community service in some other towns and cities. In the early twenty-first century, there are a rapidly growing number of Unitarian Universalist clergy in community ministry rather than in parish ministry or ministry of religious education.

Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, a Unitarian clergyman, was born on 18 Jan. 1778, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Harris) Tuckerman. He graduated from Harvard College in 1798. In 1801, he was ordained as a Unitarian minister and began his tenure as pastor at the First Church of Chelsea, Mass. (later Revere), a position he held until 1826, when he moved to Boston. In Boston, he began his Ministry at Large, a city mission for the poor.


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Rev. Dr. Joseph Tuckerman's Timeline

January 18, 1778
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 22, 1805
Age 27
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
March 19, 1818
Age 40
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 20, 1840
Age 62
Havana, La Habana, Cuba
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA