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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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Honorable Edward H. Robins

The son of the minister in Milton, Edward Hutchinson Robbins (as it is more frequently spelled) was born in Milton on Feb. 19, 1758, graduated from Harvard in 1775, and turned his mind toward Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1779. At only 21 years of age he was elected as a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, the youngest member of that body.

Mr. Robbins was Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1793-1802, judge of the probate court for Norfolk County, and was Lieutenant Governor from 1802-1806. Judge Robbins participated in the US Constitutional Convention, and was a member of Trinity Church in Boston.

Having owned some land in the District of Maine in 1786, the town of Robbinston, in Washington, ME was named for him at its 1811 incorporation. Mr. Robbins died in Boston on Dec. 29, 1829 and was the great-great grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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