The Bible in America

History From its founding in 1816, the American Bible Society has grappled with the task of making the Word of God available to Christians and churches in America. From its earliest days, it has worked to provide scriptures to the men, and later women of the military, to local and international bible societies, and to translate the Holy Bible to other languages used by peoples in the United States so that they could not only possess scripture, but could understand its importance in their own lives.

Leaders Starting with a leader of the American Revolution, Elias Boudinot, John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and going right down to the most recent president Lamar Vest, The American Bible Society has always been led by “true believers” in the Bible cause.

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J. Frederick Talcott

President of the American Bible Society, 1931-1934

Church Affiliation: Episcopalian

James Frederick Talcott was born on September 14, 1866 in New York City, son of James and Henrietta Elizabeth (Francis) Talcott. He received his BA and MA from Princeton in 1888, and he attended Oxford, the University of Berlin and Union Theological Seminary. He died, February 6, 1944.

An obituary, published in the Portchester news (February 7, 1944) included the following statement of his life's activities:

A native of New York, a son of James Talcott who founded the firm (he was president of James, Talcott, Inc.) of textile agents in 1854, Mr. Talcott held degrees from Princeton and did post graduate work at Oxford, the University of Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He entered the family business, with which he remained until his death.

Mr Talcott was a director of the American Hosiery Company, Inc., and the Lawyers Mortgate Corporation, and other compoanies, also of the New York Board of Trade, with which he has been associated for many years. as treasurer. In religious and philantrhopic activites, Mr. Talcott had long been prominent, his interest and labors covering a wide field.

He was president and director of the James Talcott Fund, Inc., established to aid recognized charities. He was on the executive committee of the American Tract Society, secretary and a director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, a trustee of the Fort Valley Normal and industrial School and a director of the New York Bible Society and new York Society for the Suppression of Vice.