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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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Deacon John Walton

John Walton was born in Cambridge on October 29, 1770, graduated from Harvard in 1783 and the following year went to Pepperell as a physician. He served in that capacity a full 60 years and was a deacon of the church in that town as well as a Freemason. He died in Pepperell on December 21, 1862 at 92 years of age.

Deacon Walton’s church went through the liberal/orthodox turmoil in the 1830’s, when Deacon Walton and two others sent a letter to the orthodox pastor requesting a six-week supply of his pulpit by a liberal colleague. The church subsequently became Unitarian and a meeting was held in Deacon Walton’s home to ascertain whether the church records of the time were free of the bias of the orthodox pastor.

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