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. Francis D. Channing, Esq.

The oldest of a remarkable group of brothers, Mr. Channing was born on August 16, 1775 in Newport, RI and was the brother of Rev. William Ellery Channing.

Graduating from Harvard in 1794 where he gave the salutatory oration in Latin, he became a lawyer, a State representative, and Secretary of the Boston Social Law Library. Known for his oratory, he was appointed a public orator for the City of Boston for their July 4 celebrations in 1806, an honor shared in various years by six of our founders. He died at sea, while on a passage to Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 5, 1810 at the tender age of 35, leaving an infant son.

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