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. Samuel Bartlett, Esq.

Born Nov. 17, 1752, Samuel Bartlett was a silversmith in Concord, Mass. for 20 years. His work was known to equal the best Boston makers and much (like the pitcher pictured here) is now on display in the Concord museum. In 1795 he was elected Register of Deeds for Middlesex County and made a complete career shift, spending the next 25 years in that pursuit. He was also a member of the Cambridge Humane Society, caring for the poor of the area.

Troubled by the theological trials of the day, but wanting to help his church with his considerable means, he endowed the Second Ecclesiastical Society in East Windsor, but the funds could only be used so long as the church continued to have an “orthodox” minister. He also lent his crafting abilities to the work of Christ and in 1792 made five chalices for a church in Groton. He died Sept. 29, 1821.

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