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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James Wood

President of the American Bible Society, 1984-1989

Church Affiliation: Society of Friends

James Wood was born May 2, 1927, the son of L Hollingsworth and Martha Wood in Mount Kisco, New York. He served in the US Navy Reserve 1945-1946 and received his BA from Haverford College in 1950. He entered his career as a manufacturers representative and in 1954 joined the Bank of New York, eventually becoming a Vice President.

James Wood was the grandson of the earlier president of ABS, also named James Wood, who also attended Haverford. Also like his grandfather, he was a trustee of Bryn Mawr College.