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

Rev. Samuel Cary

Rev. Cary was born in Newburyport on Nov. 24, 1785 and graduated from Harvard College in 1804, studying divinity for three years following that. He was ordained at King’s Chapel on Jan. 1, 1809 and served that parish along with fellow MBS founder, Rev. Dr. James Freeman.


Rev. Freeman had sought a young colleague to assist him in his ailing years and eventually to carry on in his stead at King’s Chapel. At Samuel Cary’s ordination service the words were spoken, “You are still young, but death will soon overtake you.” This proved prophetic and after taking a cold, which grew progressively worse, Rev. Cary died on Oct. 22, 1815, not quite to his 30th birthday.

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