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. Samuel T. Armstrong

Also in the bookselling business, Samuel T. Armstrong was born in 1784. His Boston business was very successful and included a stereotype of Scott’s Family Bible, which was widely circulated at the time. He became mayor of Boston in 1836, perhaps receiving pointers from fellow founder John Phillips, who became the city’s first mayor.

After a year as Mayor, Mr. Armstrong moved up to become Lieutenant Governor and when Governor Davis (another MBS founder) was elected to the US Senate, Samuel Armstrong became Governor for the remainder of that term. A deacon at Old South Church, he was also a member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.


With no children, it was said that Mr. Armstrong’s considerable fortune was to be left to charitable institutions, but sudden death took him on March 26, 1850 before such intentions could be formalized. A double-loss to the Massachusetts Bible Society!

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