Founders of the Massachusetts Bible Society - 1809

The Massachusetts Bible Society began on July 6, 1809 and is an ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to promoting Biblical literacy, understanding, and dialogue. This blog lists brief biographies of our founders who gathered in the Massachusetts State House Senate Chamber on that historic day to sign the Charter founding MBS. Please visit our website:

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Deacon Isaac Warren

Born in Charlestown on July 30, 1758, Deacon Warren was “a dignified gentleman and a merchant of ability and large means.” Not surprisingly, he was one of the first vice-presidents of the Warren Institution for Savings, and part of his “large means” went to endow Warren Academy in Woburn in 1827.

He selected Woburn as a location because of a recent revival in that town and his belief that the Holy Spirit was active there. Indeed it was stipulated that only orthodox Calvinists should be allowed to teach at the new school. Mr. Warren also gave liberally for the education “of pious indigent young men for the ministry” and also to Middlebury College.

As for the man who had become his pastor at the Charlestown church where he served as Deacon (fellow founder Jedidiah Morse) Deacon Warren complained that those in the congregation were “daily sighing, and longing for opportunities for christian conversation, with their minister, not on disputes, and controversies, or Politics, but on real, internal, and experimental religion.” Mr. Warren died on March 19, 1834.

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