Channing, William Ellery. An eminent American divine and a most elegant writer. Was born in Newport, RI, 1780. In 1803, he became pastor of the Federal Street Church, Boston. During the Unitarian controversy, Dr. Channing was the head of the Liberal Party, and took an active part in its defense. Among his most successful productions are his lectures on "Self-Culture," and on the "Elevation of the Laboring Classes." His work on slavery, published in 1841, had also a wide circulation. Died 1842.