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: www.massbible.org.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mr. Daniel D. Rogers, Esq.

The son of a revivalist preacher, Daniel Denison Rogers was born in Exeter, NH on May 11, 1751 and became a successful merchant in the dry goods business. Shortly after his 1781 marriage in Boston to Abigail Bromfield, the couple moved to London where they became very close to John and Abigail Adams.


When Mr. and Mrs. Rogers returned to the US, Abigail Adams wrote to her friend Mary Cranch, “There is not an other family who could have left London that I should have so much mist.” Shortly before returning to America, Abigail Rogers sat for a portrait by John Singleton Copley (pictured here), who also painted portraits of both John Adams and founder John Quincy Adams.


Later in life, Mr. Rogers moved into the business of stock and notes and invested in real estate. He was a member of First Church in Boston and died on March 25, 1825.

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