With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate with a few other non-religious celebrations, including some of the most beloved and influential religious figures of our time.
Here are a few of the more famous people who have played a role in religious devotion.
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Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother The Queen Mother was the queen of England and was the last remaining head of state who refused to convert to Christianity.
In 1758, she became the first monarch to visit St. Joseph’s, the Catholic church founded in the 15th century.
In 1623, she made the first royal visit to the site where Saint Joseph’s Church once stood, which was the site of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in the 16th century, before she became Queen Mother.
Her visit also marked the first time a monarch of the British Commonwealth visited a country that had previously declared independence from the British Crown.
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Joseph Ratzinger The German-born Protestant minister was the first head of the German Reformation movement, which became the Catholic Church in Germany.
In 1831, he led the German-language reform movement, the so-called Ratzangern Project, which helped change the countrys legal system and promote religious freedom.
He died in 1892, just after his 70th birthday.
George Washington, 1789-1820 The first president to be baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, George Washington was baptized in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1789, becoming the first Protestant to be ordained to the priesthood.
After receiving the ordination, Washington became the second president to serve as a Roman Catholic in the United States, following George Washington in 1799.
He also served as a Catholic cardinal.
Thomas Jefferson, 1799-1821 The first President to openly support a Catholic-led government in his first inaugural address, Jefferson was the most prominent Protestant leader of the time, having been elected in 1798.
In 1800, he became the fourth president of the United State, and was sworn in for his first term in January, 1801.
He served as the first Republican President to serve in the White House, and served a total of four years as President.
He was also the first U.S. President to officially convert to Catholicism, becoming a priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1805.
Abraham Lincoln, 1808-1865 The first U-S President, Lincoln was born into a wealthy, Baptist family in Kansas City, Missouri.
As a boy, Lincoln developed a fascination with the Bible and believed he was the descendant of Abraham, the founder of the Abrahamic religions.
After the Civil War, he converted to Catholicism.
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957-1967 King was the third U. S. President elected after his father, Martin Luther, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1963.
King was a leader of a movement of civil rights, and worked with the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
He became the longest-serving black president in U. States history.
Benjamin Franklin, 1778-1797 Franklin was the son of a slave and a freed slave.
Franklin became the third President to receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to a civilian for courageously serving the United Kingdom and for humanitarian efforts in the colonies.
He left office in 1813, and died in 1793.
Andrew Jackson, 1819-1896 The first black President of the U. U. states, Jackson was born in Tennessee in 1819 and later came to the U., becoming a minister of the Methodist Church in 1824.
After being elected to the presidency in 1828, he served two terms and resigned in 1832 after becoming embroiled in a bitter presidential campaign.
Abraham Douglas, 1829-1895 Douglas was a Confederate general who served as U. s Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln and as a senator for the Confederacy.
In 1860, Douglas won the presidential election, becoming president of a divided country.
He spent the next decade trying to rally support for the secessionist cause.
In 1865, Douglas was assassinated by James Earl Ray.
Abraham Zapruder, 1915-1920 Zaprud was a film maker who captured the first public view of Abraham Lincoln as he addressed a joint session of Congress on June 18, 1915.
He shot the iconic image that would become a symbol of Lincoln’s presidency.
The image became a symbol in the Civil Rights Movement, which culminated in the 1963 March on Washington.
Franklin Roosevelt, 1945-1949 In his first year as president, Roosevelt made several controversial appointments to the cabinet and the presidency, including a man who became the subject of controversy when he suggested that the Civil-War-era Ku Klux Klan had played a crucial role in the Confederacy’s defeat