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. Joseph Callender

One of the members of Old South that put aside differences for the sake of the Bible, Joseph Callender was an engraver and die-sinker who made dies for the Massachusetts mint. He also engraved bookplates and designed the first sunburst seal for the President of Bowdoin College in 1798.

The item pictured here is considered the greatest treasure of the numismatic collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. It is the Columbia and Washington Medal in copper, engraved by Callender with the edges specially finessed by Paul Revere.

He was born in Boston on May 6, 1751 and was an apprentice to Paul Revere before opening his State Street die shop. The latter provided engravings for the Royal American Magazine among others. Joseph Callender died Nov. 10, 1821.

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