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

Mr. Alden Bradford, Esq.

A descendant of William Bradford of Plymouth Colony, Alden Bradford was born in Duxbury in 1765. He graduated from Harvard College in 1786 and was a tutor at Cambridge for several years before undertaking theological studies. In 1793 he was ordained to the Congregational Church in Wicasset, Maine, where he remained for eight years.

With failing health forcing him to lead a less grueling life, he turned to politics and his considerable writing skills on the topic earned him the appointment as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1812. He remained in that post for twelve years and, with a change of political parties in the State House, he retired to New Bedford as a Justice of the Peace.

He wrote several books on the history of Massachusetts as well as a theological treatise on the four Gospels and other theological writing. His obituary described him as a person with the kindest affections, an eminently social disposition, and a tenderness of sensibility which is rarely seen to outlast so much experience.

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