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

Major Thomas Bumstead

Born in 1739/40, Thomas Bumstead attained the rank of Major in the Artillery Company during the Revolutionary War. A member of Old South Church since 1763, in the post war period Major Bumstead devoted himself to civic pursuits and was voted a Warden for the Town of Boston in 1781. He also purchased land across from the Granary Burying Ground where he opened a coach shop. Abigail Adams purchased one of his coaches, although the high price entailed much wailing and gnashing of teeth in correspondence between Abigail and John Adams.

Major Bumstead died on May 8, 1828 at the age of 88 years.

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