Ann Smith Franklin
America's first woman newspaper editor, first woman to write an almanac, and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island's Journalism Hall of Fame
Ann Smith Franklin
Ann Smith Franklin was an American colonial newspaper printer and publisher. She inherited the business from her husband, James Franklin, brother of Benjamin Franklin. She published the Newport, Rhode Island Mercury, printed an almanac series, and printed Rhode Island paper currency. Ann was the country’s first woman newspaper editor, first woman to write an almanac, and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island's Journalism Hall of Fame.
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'Lovemaster' thinks laughter is healing - Norwich Bulletin
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If laughter truly is the best medicine, then Comix at Foxwoods will have an over-the-counter remedy for whatever ails you this weekend when Craig Shoemaker, “The Lovemaster,” takes the stage for four shows beginning tonight
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'Twenty Toes in the Sand' singer opening at Brooklyn Fair - Norwich Bulletin
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In a late addition to the lineup, “Twenty Toes in the Sand” singer Jimmy Lehoux will open for fellow up-and-coming country music star Craig Campbell tonight at The Brooklyn Fair. “I don't know him personally,” Lehoux said of
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Hearing Monday for TIF funds for school technology upgrade - nwitimes.com
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... district because it will provide Wi-Fi capability for the town's computer system and those used in all five public schools, he said. This use of TIF funds is in keeping with state requirements, Mangus said. !~ By Lu Ann Franklin, Times Correspondent
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Second Legends in Concert series features Beatles tribute band - Norwich Bulletin
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It isn't easy portraying a living legend, but it's even more difficult to portray that living legend 24/7. Carmine Grippo, of East Haven, and the rest of the MopTops are at Foxwoods Resort Casino for the second half of the Legends
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Alice Cooper brings theatrics to MGM Grand stage - Norwich Bulletin
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After 30-plus years and numerous technological advancements, it's not easy to shock anybody these days. Not even for Alice Cooper. “You can't shock an audience anymore,” the rocker said. “The only way we were doing it back then,
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Teen magician heading to Las Vegas - Norwich Bulletin
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Teenage magician Zach Ivins grew up in Groton and Mystic and is heading to Vegas, baby, to learn from magic's masters. Ivins, 18, was selected for an internship at the Magic Live! conference Aug. 13-18 in Las Vegas, where he will
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Maroon 5, Train hit Foxwoods on summer tour - Norwich Bulletin
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Combo tours are worth looking forward to as a fan — especially when it pairs a couple of Grammy Award winners responsible for some of the best pop hits in the last 10 years. Maroon 5 and Train are hitting the MGM Grand Theater
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Qannik Released From Quarantine Status - WFPL
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Jane Ann Franklin is the bear's handler and says she is like Qannik's surrogate mother. Franklin has been teaching Qannik basic skills like swimming as well as developing her instincts. “She relies on us to give her cues to whether she should be
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Gay bullying subject of artist's exhibition in Norwich - Norwich Bulletin (blog)
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When New York artist Maura McGurk began hearing about young boys committing suicide last year for being gay — or at the mere suggestion they were gay — she said, “my heart just wanted to break.” She began working on pieces that
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Cedar Park woman faces charges after children test positive for meth - KVUE
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According to her arrest affidavit, police searched the home of 56-year-old Sharon Ann Franklin in May and found both methamphetamine and marijuana. Two children, a five-year-old and a 13-year-old tested positive for meth. Two other children tested
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Henry Franklin, logistics officer - Washington Post
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Survivors include two children, Ann Franklin of Warrenton, NC, and George Franklin of Woodbridge; a brother; and two sisters. SuperFan badge holders consistently post smart, timely comments about Washington area sports and teams
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Styx, YES hit MGM Grand on tour - Norwich Bulletin (blog)
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It took 11 years but two of the most popular progressive rock bands in history have finally gotten together. Styx and YES opened their One for the Ages tour Monday in Camden, NJ, and will travel north and hit the MGM Grand Theater
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New London's Sailfest will salute 9/11 victims - Norwich Bulletin
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The Mashantucket Pequot Fireworks Extravaganza on July 9 during Sailfest will include a special dedication to honor the 152 Connecticut lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sailfest organizers announced at a
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Annual WoodenBoat Show returns to Mystic Seaport - Norwich Bulletin (blog)
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The 20th annual WoodenBoat Show will have more than 200 different wooden boats on view, plus a variety of events all weekend long. For the last five years, Mystic Seaport has provided the perfect backdrop to the WoodenBoat Show
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ann Smith Franklin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1763
    Age 66
    Died on April 16, 1763.
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  • 1761
    Age 64
    She took on the printer Samuel Hall, who had been her son-in-law, as her business partner in 1761, forming "Franklin & Hall". Under this imprint, they printed a folio of Rhode Island schedules. Ann Smith Franklin died in Newport in 1763.
    More Details Hide Details Almanacs General Assembly of Rhode Island British Religious Franklin & Hall
  • FORTIES
  • 1741
    Age 44
    In 1741, she began selling her brother-in-law Benjamin's alamanac, Poor Richard's Alamanac, and in 1745, she printed 500 copies of the Acts and Laws of Rhode Island as a folio edition, her largest commission.
    More Details Hide Details Though a second child died young, Mary, Elizabeth, and James Jr. worked in the family business. The daughters performed typesetting while James Jr. ran the business, now called "Ann and James Franklin", with his mother. During this time, however, some of Ann's imprints continued to bear the name "Widow Franklin". In 1758, they published the Newport Mercury, Rhode Island's first newspaper. As Ann grew older, she turned over many business responsibilities to son James Jr. But after the deaths of her remaining children, Ann, now age 65, returned to the printing press.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1736
    Age 39
    In 1736, Ann petitioned the General Assembly of Rhode Island, seeking printing work in order to support her family.
    More Details Hide Details She was awarded the contract, becoming the General Assembly's official printer to the colony, a position she held until she died. In this official capacity, she printed the colony's charter granted by Charles II of England. To supplement her income, she printed sermons for ministers, advertisements for merchants, as well as popular British novels. Ann's most notable work was compiling and publishing five editions of the Rhode Island Almanack, for the years 1737-1741.
  • 1735
    Age 38
    After a long illness, James died in Newport in 1735, leaving Ann a widow, aged 39, with three young children to support, one child having preceded him in death.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1723
    Age 26
    Ann was born in Boston to Samuel and Anna Smith. She married James Franklin in Boston on February 4, 1723.
    More Details Hide Details Ann Smith Franklin was the wife of the printer James Franklin and sister-in-law to Benjamin Franklin. After experiencing harsh censorship in Boston—including a jail term—for the supposedly "wicked" articles he published in The New England Courant, James decamped for the freer atmosphere of the colony of Rhode Island. He and Ann brought the first printing press to the colony and published its first newspaper, The Rhode Island Gazette. They had five children while in Newport, including daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and son James Jr. (c.1730-1762). James Jr. attended Philadelphia Academy with his cousin William, Benjamin's son, before James Jr. was apprenticed in the printing trade to his Uncle Benjamin.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1696
    Born
    Born on October 2, 1696.
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