1899 – The Gideons Organize

On this date in Janesville, The Gideons were formally organized. The name of the organization comes from the biblical Book of Judges. Samuel E. Hill was selected its first president. The Gideons distribute Bibles, Psalms and New Testaments to hotels, the armed forces, and young people. View elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org [Source: edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 139]