George Washington Burnap (1802–59) was an American Unitarian clergyman. He was a prolific writer on theological and controversial religious subjects.
Born to a Congregational minister in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Burnap graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School. He became a Unitarian during college.
After graduation, Burnap became an ordained pastor of the First Independent Church in Baltimore in 1828 and served that congregation until death. He dedicated much of his career to explaining Unitarianism to the public and defending its doctrines in the face of critics.
Burnap’s prominent works include Lectures on the History of Christianity (1842,) Lectures to Young Men on the Cultivation of the Mind (1848,) Lectures on the Sphere and Duties of Woman (1849,) Lectures on the Doctrines of Christianity (1850,) and Christianity, its Essence and Evidence (1855.)