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 25, 2009

Mr. Samuel H. Walley

Born in Boston on April 12, 1778, Samuel H. Walley was the first treasurer of MBS and the son-in-law of MBS President William Phillips. Mr. Walley was at the time of our founding a deacon in the Federal Street Church, transferring to Old South in 1818.

Samuel Walley was also a trustee of Andover Seminary, President of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Vice President of the Suffolk Savings Bank for Seamen & Others among other organizations. For eighteen years he was President of the Massachusetts Sabbath School Society. Mr. Walley died in Andover on July 25, 1850.

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