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1. George Washington – Washington was known to his friends as one who rejected Christianity; his membership in a church was merely formal. Historian Barry Schwartz writes that Washington's "practice of Christianity was limited and superficial, because he was not himself a Christian. In the enlightened tradition of his day, he was a devout Deist--just as many of the clergymen who knew him suspected" (George Washington: The Making of An American Symbol, p.175)

2. John AdamsUnitarian

3. Thomas Jefferson – No official affiliations, his beliefs were primarily Deist, and are considered very close to Unitarian. The Famous UUs website at says:

Like many others of his time (he died just one year after the founding of institutional Unitarianism in America), Jefferson was a Unitarian in theology, though not in church membership. He never joined a Unitarian congregation: there were none near his home in Virginia during his lifetime. He regularly attended Joseph Priestley's Pennsylvania church when he was nearby, and said that Priestley's theology was his own, and there is no doubt Priestley should be identified as Unitarian. Jefferson remained a member of the Episcopal congregation near his home, but removed himself from those available to become godparents, because he was not sufficiently in agreement with the trinitarian theology.

4. James MadisonEpiscopalian

5. James MonroeEpiscopalian

6. John Quincy AdamsUnitarian

7. Andrew JacksonPresbyterian

8. Martin Van BurenDutch Reformed

9. William Henry HarrisonEpiscopalian

10. John TylerEpiscopalian; Deist

11. James Knox PolkPresbyterian

12. Zachary TaylorEpiscopalian

13. Millard FillmoreUnitarian

14. Franklin PierceEpiscopalian

15. James BuchananPresbyterian

16. Abraham Lincoln – none (but evidence implies he became a Christian; see Tbc/Abraham Lincoln)

17. Andrew Johnson – none

18. Ulysses S. GrantMethodist

19. Rutherford B. Hayes – none

20. James GarfieldDisciples of Christ

21. Chester A. ArthurEpiscopalian

22. Grover ClevelandPresbyterian

23. Benjamin HarrisonPresbyterian

24. Grover ClevelandPresbyterian

25. William McKinleyMethodist

26. Theodore RooseveltDutch Reformed

27. William Howard TaftUnitarian

28. Woodrow WilsonPresbyterian

29. Warren G. HardingBaptist

30. Calvin CoolidgeCongregationalist

31. Herbert HooverQuaker

32. Franklin Delano RooseveltEpiscopalian

33. Harry S. TrumanBaptist

34. Dwight D. EisenhowerPresbyterian

35. John F. KennedyRoman Catholic

36. Lyndon JohnsonDisciples of Christ

37. Richard Nixon – raised as a Quaker

38. Gerald R. FordEpiscopalian

39. Jimmy CarterBaptist

40. Ronald ReaganDisciples of Christ

41. George BushEpiscopalian

42. Bill ClintonMethodist

43. George W. BushMethodist

The Unitarian Church is the religious body extant today that had an ideology most closely resembling those who held by Deism.

Link: John Adams was a Deist

Link: Thomas Jefferson was a Deist

Link: Abraham Lincoln was a Deist