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 18, 2009

The Honorable Samuel Haven

Born in Dedham on April 5, 1771, Samuel Haven was a man of many talents, and the home he shared with his wife, Elizabeth Craigie, was known as one of the most hospitable houses in Massachusetts. A lawyer, a judge, a horticulturalist, a mechanic, he entertained Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Mann, Oliver Wendell Holmes among many others. His home is now the Dedham Community House.

Judge Haven served as the Register of Probate for Norfolk County from 1793-1833 and was the Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for Norfolk County as well. He died on September 4, 1847 at his daughter’s home in Roxbury.

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