Mr. Elam Bliss
A bachelor trained as an apothecary in Springfield, Mass., Elam Bliss was born on Dec. 6, 1779. He combined his Springfield druggist shop with books and became a publisher and bookseller first in Boston and then in New York. He published a poetry collection by Edgar Allen Poe along with Bibles and other texts. His great-grandmother was a sister of Jonathan Edwards, perhaps giving him the religious bent that led him to the Massachusetts Bible Society. He died in New York on March 30, 1848.