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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The Leaders of the American Bible Society

  1. Elias Boudinot 1816-1821
  2. John Jay (first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court) 1821-1828
  3. Richard Varick (Former New York City Mayor ) 1828-1831
  4. John Cotton Smith 1831-1845
  5. Theodore Frelinghuysen (United States Senator ) 1845-1862
  6. Luther Bradish 1862-1863
  7. James Lenox 1864-1871
  8. William Henry Allen 1872-1880
  9. S Wells Williams 1881-1884
  10. Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (Senator, Secretary of State) 1884-1885
  11. Enoch Lewis Fancher 1885-1900
  12. Daniel Coit Gilman (Johns Hopkins President) 1903-1908
  13. Theophilus Brouwer 1909-1911
  14. James Wood 1911-1919
  15. Churchill Hunter Cutting 1919-1924
  16. Edwin Francis Hyde (former president of the Philharmonic Society of New York 1924-1930
  17. J. Frederick Talcott 1931-1934
  18. John Thomas Manson 1934-1944
  19. Daniel Burke 1944-1962
  20. Everett Smith 1962-1967
  21. Edmund F. Wagner 1967-1984
  22. James Wood 1984-1989
  23. The Rev. Dr. Bryant M. Kirkland 1989-1990
  24. Eugene Habecker 1990-2005
  25. Dr Paul Irwin 2005-2008
  26. Dr. R. Lamar Vest 2009-