Pennsylvania Bible Society (PBS)

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Pennsylvania Bible Society headquarters (the "Bible House"), circa 1910s.

Welcome to the First Bible Society in the United States

  • November 10, 1808 - Mr. Robert Ralston, a prominent merchant and philanthropist in Philadelphia writes a letter to his friend Josiah Roberts of Britain telling of his desire to start a Bible Society in America.
  • December 12, 1808 - Date of the first formal meeting of the Society. The first president was Bishop William White. First Vice President was Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1812 - The Bible Society, now know as the Bible Society at Philadelphia to distinguish it from other like groups in Connecticut, Massachusetts and elsewhere; publishes the first Bible printed in the U.S. from Stereotype plates, a less expensive printing process. Ultimately 17, 375 Bibles and New Testaments will be produced from these plates.
  • 1840 - The Bible Society of Philadelphia becomes the Pennsylvania Bible Society.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's Timeline History of the Pennsylvania Bible Society page.


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