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. David Hyslop

Along with at least fourteen of our founders, David Hyslop was a member of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Among the Indians, and others, in North America, which had a similar mission to MBS and the other regional Bible Societies before the latter came into existence.

Born on Dec. 28, 1755, Mr. Hyslop was part of the Congregational Church in Brookline, donating the baptismal basin for their new meeting house in 1806.

In 1821 the 86-year-old John Adams expressed a desire to again visit the house where his mother was born. The Brookline home had been purchased by David Hyslop’s father, and thus he had the honor of hosting the grand party for the former President.

A gentleman farmer, Mr. Hyslop is credited with the cultivation of a specific variety of late-ripening peach, which became known as Hyslop’s Clingstone in his honor. Mr. Hyslop died, on August 16, 1822.

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