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. John Foster

A Dartmouth College graduate, Rev. John Foster was born in Warren, Mass. on April 19, 1763. After his graduation in 1783 he married Hannah Webster of Boston, author of one of the first American novels.

He did become one of Harvard’s Overseers (where he received his D.D. in 1815), and when in 1783 a church was organized in the area now known as Brighton (first called the Third Church of Christ in Cambridge), Rev. Foster became their first pastor, installed Nov. 1, 1784. In 1809 he is recorded as delivering the election sermon for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and preached for a number of public occasions.

He enjoyed a ministry in Brighton of 43 years, and published twenty-two of his sermons. He died in Brighton on Sept. 25, 1829.

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