Ann Smith Franklin — printer

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Creator(s):
Callender, John
Title:
A discourse occasioned by the death of the Reverend Mr. Nathaniel Clap: pastor of a church at Newport on Rhode-Island, on October 30 1745, in the 78th year of his age
Publication/Origin:
Newport: Printed by the Widow Franklin, 1746
Description:
Boston-native Ann Smith Franklin married James Franklin (brother of founding father Benjamin Franklin) in 1723. They established the first independent newspaper in New England, the New England Courant. The Franklins later moved to Newport, Rhode Island, and founded that colony’s first newspaper. Ann set type, ran the press, and sold the newspapers and books they published. When James died in 1735, leaving her with five small children, she took over the business and successfully petitioned to become the official printer for the colony.
Citation:
Callender, John, A discourse occasioned by the death of the Reverend Mr. Nathaniel Clap: pastor of a church at Newport on Rhode-Island, on October 30 1745, in the 78th year of his age, Newport: Printed by the Widow Franklin, 1746, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed July 05, 2020, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4033
 

 

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