The organization that is renowned for leaving Bibles in hotel rooms is Gideons International. The association's evangelical practice, named the "Bible Project," was initiated in 1908 in Louisville, Ky.
Gideons International was established on July 1, 1899 in Janesville, Wis., with Samuel E. Hill as president, William J. Knights as vice president and John H. Nicholson as secretary and treasurer. During the organization's formative years, a member came up with a proposal to provide all hotel rooms in the United States with a Gideon Bible. The Bible Project aimed to spread the gospel by effectively reaching out to a greater number of people. As of 2015, approximately 1.9 billion Gideon Scriptures have been distributed worldwide, according to Gideons International.