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. Henderson Inches

A Boston merchant with an “ample fortune” and a member of Old South Church, Henderson Inches was born on February 7, 1774. He graduated from Harvard College in 1792 and went to work at the counting house of the Hon. Thomas Russell. He then began his own business at No. 47 Long Wharf and purchased Mr. Russell’s wharf upon the latter’s passing.

Along with Samuel and John Adams and MBS President William Phillips, Mr. Inches was one of the Overseers of the Poor in the Town of Boston and also served as a Selectman for the town. With his wife, Susan Brimmer, he had ten children.

The Harvard College Necrology describes Mr. Inches as: “an honorable and upright merchant. He was, in every sense, a gentleman: intelligent, affable, of a genial, social disposition, he was a welcome guest wherever he went; beloved at home as a kind husband and affectionate father, and respected by the community as an estimable and valued citizen.”

Henderson Inches died on September 9, 1857.

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