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

Rev. Asa Eaton

Christ Church, Boston (pictured here) is better known as the Old North Church, famous for the location of Paul Revere’s signal beacon. It was there that young Asa Eaton served for two or three years as a lay reader as he pursued his theological studies after graduating from Harvard in 1803.

Rev. Eaton was born in Plaistow, NH on July 25, 1778 and after obtaining his theological education went to New York, where he was ordained by Episcopal Bishop Benjamin Moore at Trinity Church. Returning quickly to Massachusetts, he began his ministry in earnest back at Christ Church where only a failing voice necessitated his resignation in 1829. He obtained his D.D. from Columbia in 1828 and that same year published a history of Christ Church.

He continued to work on behalf of the poor with the Free Church City Mission and in 1837 ventured to New Jersey for a four-year commitment to St. Mary’s school in Burlington. He returned to Boston thereafter and accepted the charge at Trinity Church in Bridgewater, Mass., a position he still held at the time of his death on March 24, 1858.

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