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. Moses Grant

Like his father, Moses Grant, Jr. was also a Deacon at the Brattle Street Church, as well as the President of the Boston Temperance Society. For a time he taught in fellow founder Samuel T. Armstrong’s Sunday School at Old South, but the setting proved too conservative for his tastes. The younger Moses Grant was born in Boston on July 25, 1785.

From a book called Tact, Push, and Principle by William M. Thayer (London, 1882) we read this about the character of Moses Grant, Jr.:

“Deacon Moses Grant was another of the successful men of Boston, whose benevolent spirit fell like a benediction from the skies upon the poor of the city. With the pressure of an extensive and profitable business on his hands, he found time to engage in all the philanthropic movements of the day. His great sympathy was easily enlisted in any and every enterprise designed to ameliorate the condition of the unfortunate and indigent. He, too, kept a room in his house for the storage of articles necessary and useful to these classes. With his own hand he dealt out groceries and measured cloth, and hundreds of families were made the happier by his generous ministrations. His benevolence became an element of his success, by creating public respect and confidence, and attracting to himself that love and well-wishing which are sure to follow him who is not seeking personal aggrandizement.”

Moses Grant, Jr. died in July 22, 1861.

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