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. Henry Homes

On of the founding members of Park Street Church, Henry Homes was born in Boston on October 3, 1776. Becoming a wealthy hardware merchant in the firm Homes, Homer, & Bonner, the foundational meetings of the National Domestic Missionary Society were held in his home in 1826. He passed that passion on to his son, Henry Augustus Homes, who became a missionary in Constantinople from 1836-1850, later being named as the librarian of the New York State Library. The senior Mr. Homes was the only non-Baptist founder of the Evangelical Tract Society and died in 1845.

In the 1848 book The Aristocracy of Boston, the author writes of Henry Homes: Mr. Homes was an orthodox congregationalist, of most extensive Christian benevolence. His charities and kindness always ready, and liberally in amount for every good object.”

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