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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Daniel Coit Gilman

President of the American Bible Society, 1903-1908

Church Affiliations: Presbyterian & congregational

He established and became the first president of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. President of the University of California at Berkeley and of the Carnegie Institution of Washington DC.

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Daniel Coit Gilman was born to William C. Gilman and Eliza (Coit) Gilman on July 6, 1831 in Norwich, Connecticut. He graduated from yale in 1852 and continued his studies in Cambridge, New Haven and Berlin - including and LL. D. Harvard, 1876). He was Professor of Physical and Political geography at Yale from 1856-1872, and the became the first president of the University of California at Berkely from 1872 to 1875.

Gilman was lured from the presidency of the University of California at Berkeley by the trustees to become Johns Hopkins first president. He was a proven leader who could attract known scholars and identify promising young faculty. Gilman was interested in establishing a university to promote the highest standards of scholarship and research in the sciences and in the humanities. His formal inauguration, on Feb. 22, 1876, has become Commemoration Day, the day on which many university presidents have chosen to be installed in office.

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He was also the first president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington DC (1901-1904). He was a member of the commission to draft a new charter for the City of Baltimore in 1897. He authored several books including the Life of James Monroe (1883) which is still in publication Universtity Problems (1888); The Life of James Dana, Geologitst (1899); Science and Letters in Yale (1901); and Launching a University (1906). He also edited and wrote the introduction to De Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

Daniel Gilman was elected president of the American Bible Society unanimously in 1903. The ABS annual report carried this notice in the 1903 edition:

The long vacancy in the office of President has at last been adequately filled in the election of Daniel Coit Golman, LL.D., one of the Vice-Presidents of the Society, a resident of Baltimore, MD where he has long been a Manager of the Maryland Bible Society. Dr. Gilman's fame as the President, for twenty-five years, of the Johns Hopkins University, and now of the Carnegie Institute, and as occupying many other distinquished positions, renders it unnecessary to recount here all that makes his election exceedingly appropriate. The friends of the Society have every right to expect that he will bring to the office large influence in its service. It adds greatly to the satisfaction felt in his election that he is the brother of the Beloved Dr. Edward W. Gilman, whose thirty years' service as Secretary is well remembered.

Black and White Portrait of Daniel Coit Gilman from a color portrait by Jassa Salganik

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