May 5, 1816
On May 5, 1816, the American Bible Society was formed in New York City. One of the founders, Presbyterian Elias Boudinot became the society's first president in 1816. During 1817, the society distributed its first Bibles to the crew of the USS John Adams, as well as to the Steuben County Bible Society. Boudinot was former President of the Continental Congress and later a U.S. Congressman.