Charles S. Fillmore, with his wife Myrtle Fillmore, founded Unity World Headquarters and the international Unity religious movement. He shared the message of individual spiritual power through his counseling, speaking, teaching, and writing. Born on August 22, 1854, Charles Fillmore was the eldest child of Henry and Mary Georgiana Fillmore. Charles’ father served as a U.S. government official with the Ojibwe people (Chippewa). They lived near St. Cloud, Minnesota. At age 10, Charles Fillmore was injured in an ice skating accident and endured physical challenges from the pain and medical treatments. As a teenager, Charles Fillmore worked as a printer's apprentice, a grocery clerk, and a bank cashier. Caroline Taylor tutored Charles and shared her interest in transcendental thought. He learned his penmanship from J.G. Smith, a bank coworker and friend. In 1874 he took a job as clerk in the freight office of the M. K. & T. (Katy) Railroad in Dennison, Texas. In Dennison, Texas, Charles Fillmore met a school teacher—Mary Caroline "Myrtle" Page. After she left town, he moved to Colorado, took a course in metallurgy, and became a mining assayer. The couple continued to correspond. In 1881 they married in Clinton, Missouri, and moved to Colorado. The couple’s first two sons, Lowell and Rickert, were born in Pueblo. Charles Small and Charles Fillmore are pictured. In Pueblo, Colorado, Charles Fillmore started a real estate and insurance business "Charles Fillmore & Co." His friend Charles Small joined him in operating "Small, Fillmore & Co." Charles Small was a brother-in-law of Nona Brooks, a founder of Divine Science, similar to Unity. The Fillmore family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1884. In 1886 Charles heard spiritual healing ideas from the lecturer E. B. Weeks. He and Myrtle soon began praying with neighbors and friends. In April 1889 he and Myrtle founded Modern Thought Publishing Company and printed their first issue of Modern Thought magazine. The Fillmore’s third son, Royal, was born in June 1889. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore with an unidentified worker, ca. 1896. In 1896 the Fillmores moved the Unity Book Company to 512 Hall Building in Kansas City, Missouri. The Fillmores traveled to a Healing Revival at Manitou Springs, Colorado, in 1901. Charles Fillmore playing golf at Unity Farm, ca. 1930. Unity purchased 58 acres of rural property and expanded the working farm to nearly 1,500 acres. Its first amenities were a clubhouse and swimming pool. Charles Fillmore before his fireplace in the Unity Administration Building at 917 Tracy Avenue. In the same building, Charles and other Unity staff operated the radio station WOQ from 1924 to 1934. Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1925. As part of the March 29, 1931, Sunday service, Ernest Wilson led the couple in a renewal of vows. Later the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Myrtle Fillmore died on October 6, 1931. Charles Fillmore posed for a 1942 Christmas letter. Charles and Cora Fillmore’s Missouri home was built in 1936 while they were in California. Charles died in his Missouri home on July 5, 1948.