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The founding of the American Bible Society... John Jacob Astor named director...



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May 15, 1816

NEW-YORK SPECTATOR, May 15, 1816  The front page has: "American Bible Society" which begins: "It is with much pleasure we announce, that the Convention of Delegates from the numerous Bible Societies in the United States...have after long and mature deliberation formed an institution, entitled 'The American Bible Society'... The leading feature of the constitution limits the operations... to the distribution of the bible without note or comment..." with more. The Society was founded 4 days prior in New York City.
Page three has another article on the founding of The American Bible Society which includes: "...The meeting was conducted and concluded with a decorum, harmony and unanimity, which it is to be hoped will always characterize the meetings of the Americans for promoting the best interests of mankind."
Page two has: "Bank of the United States" noting: "The President and Senate have appointed...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.
Four pages, good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War