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. 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.

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