“You have been instructed from your childhood in the knowledge of your lost state by nature; the absolute necessity of a change of heart, and an entire renovation of soul to the image of Jesus Christ; of salvation thro’ His meritorious righteousness only; and the indispensable necessity of personal holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” – Elias Boudinot (May 2, 1740 – October 24, 1821). Born in Philadelphia, he was descended from a French Huguenot family which left France to settle in New York in 1685, and his father, also Elias Boudinot, was a silversmith. Elias Boudinot was sent to a school established by Benjamin Franklin, who was also his next door neighbor until his father was appointed postmaster at Princeton. There he studied law in the office of Richard Stockton.
As a lawyer and a statesman from Elizabeth, New Jersey, he became a member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress and in 1777 was commissioned by George Washington as commissary-general of prisoners of war during the American Revolutionary War. He on the Continental Congress from 1777-1784 and was the second president elected under the Articles of Confederation, and the President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783 and also served as secretary for foreign affairs.
Elias Boudinot served 3 terms in congress, from 1789-1795, and chaired the committee to welcome Washington to New York for his inauguration. He was appointed by President John Adams as Director of the United States Mint, serving from 1795 until 1805. Among public organizations, he was president of the New Jersey Bible Society and a trustee of Princeton College. Elias Boudinot was elected president of the American Bible Society at its founding in 1816 and served until his death in 1821.