The Philadelphia Bible Society, America’s first Bible society, was officially organized on December 12, 1808. Rev. Dr. William White was president of the society and Declaration signer Benjamin Rush was a vice president. By 1816, 121 more Bible societies had been started across the nation.

Below, from the WallBuilders library, is the title page of an original Bible published by the Philadelphia Bible Society in 1812. This was the first Bible printed in America to use stereotype plates.