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. Timothy Alden, Jr.

Timothy Alden was born in Yarmouth, Mass. on Aug. 28, 1771. Like many of our founders he studied at Harvard College, where he excelled at the Oriental Languages, a category that included biblical Hebrew. He entered ministry and became the pastor of the Congregational Church in Portsmouth, NH in 1799 and while he was there also taught school.

He developed a strong commitment to education, leaving Portsmouth in 1808 to return to Massachusetts to found a school for young ladies in Boston. With that success he went on to found similar schools in Newark, Cincinnati, and East Liberty, Pennsylvania. In 1817 he founded Allegheny College, becoming its first President. He retired in 1831. Rev. Timothy Alden died in Pittsburgh on July 5, 1839.

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