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: www.massbible.org.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mr. Lemuel Hedge

The biography of Mr. Lemuel Hedge remains a mystery. It seems he must be somehow connected to the Lemuel Hedge who was the first settled minister in Warwick, Mass., but that Lemuel Hedge had been dead 30 years at our founding. He had a son Lemuel, but he died in 1801. The person who best fits the founders’ common profile would have been the elder Lemuel’s second son, Levi Hedge, professor of Logic at Harvard and an intimate with many of our founders. Levi is also listed as supporting other regional Massachusetts Bible Societies. There is, however, no way to twist the original writing to make the name say “Levi” rather than “Lemuel.” There was an inventor and organ maker of note named Lemuel Hedge but he did not start making organs until much later and seems never to have left his native Windsor, Vermont.


The two possibilities left to us are that there was a Lemuel Hedge who remains unknown or that the recording secretary looked at Levi Hedge and, as is not uncommon, wrote the name of his father, or perhaps of his recently deceased brother.

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