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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Friday, June 26, 2009

Mr. Luther Wright

Born in Acton on April 19, 1770, Luther Wright graduated from Harvard in 1796, studied theology, and was ordained to the First Church of Christ in Medway, where he served from 1798 to 1815. The history of the town of Medway credits Rev. Wright with “bringing about the renewed fellowship of the First and Second Churches in town, after an alienation of thirty-two years.”

He also served on the school committee in that town and, like founder Samuel Kendal and so many others, he took in many students to prepare them for college. The history of Medway records that “The Rev. Mr. Wright, in person, was a short, thick-set man, of fair, full countenance…He was devoted to his work, and while he met with some discouragements, he was loved by his people, and showed himself a man of ability and sagacity.”

That success not withstanding, Rev. Wright resigned that parish in 1815. He then accepted a call to minister at the Congregational church in Barrington, RI in Jan. 1817, where he began their first Sunday School. He was part of the Knights Templar in that town, knighted in April, 1818. Despite Rhode Island history books calling his ministry successful, he resigned from that church in 1821. From 1825-1828 he ministered in Tiverton, RI as supply. He retired to Woburn for the last decades of his life. He and his wife had no children and he died in Woburn on June 21, 1858.

Here ends the listing of the founders of the Massachusetts Bible Society

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