The Traveler… spreading the word… named director…

May 16, 2016 by  
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Blog-5-16-2016-American-Bible-SocietyToday I journeyed to New York City by the way of the New-York Spectator of May 15, 1816. There I found the announcement of the formation of “The American Bible Society” which still exist today. Some of the founding/early members include Elias Boudinot, who had been President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783, John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, Daniel Coit Gilman, Edwin Francis Hyde, and Francis Scott Key. The front page report announced the formation of the organization and the third page report contained their resolutions. “… The leading feature of the constitution limits the operations… to the distribution of the bible without note or comment…”.

Also in the issue is an article “Bank of the United States” in which “The President and Senate have appointed the following named, Directors of the Bank of the United States… John Jacob Astor, of the city of New-York…”. Mr. Astor was known as the first prominent member of the Astor family, the first multi-millionaire in the United States and the fifth-richest man in American history.

~The Traveler

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2 Responses to “The Traveler… spreading the word… named director…”

  1. Tom Hughes on May 16th, 2016 5:30 am

    Timothy – great blog. I share the passion for old newspapers but not as a collectible. I even miss the thrill of cranking a microfilm reader. One of my peeves has been the ridiculous cost wall that Cengage has put up for most US papers. Still, there are affordable, time-based search plans at the British Library etc. The Chronicling America site is limited in many states.

  2. GuyHeilenman on May 18th, 2016 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the reply Tom.

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