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. William Davis, Esq.

A merchant who was involved in the municipal life of Plymouth, Mass., William Davis was born on July 13, 1758. Remembered for his empathy and industry, Mr. Davis was one of the founders of the Pilgrim Society and its first Vice President, belonged to the Humane Society of Massachusetts, and was the second President of the Plymouth Bank. Mr. Davis died Jan. 5, 1826 in Plymouth.

[William Davis also had a son named William Davis, Esq. who would have been of age in 1809, so it is not entirely certain that this biography of the elder Mr. Davis is the correct one for our founder. I have chosen him over his son because of his Pilgrim Society association with MBS founder Alden Bradford, his committee work with founder Rev. James Freeman, and because I found him on the list of subscribers to support theological education at Harvard. The senior William Davis is listed in various places as “William Davis, Esq.” and “Hon. William Davis.”]

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