James Franklin

Newspaper/almanac Printer/publisher
Born Feb 4, 1697

James Franklin was an American colonial author, printer, newspaper publisher, and almanac publisher. James published the New England Courant, one of the oldest and the first truly independent American newspaper.

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1697 Birth Born on February 4, 1697.


1717 20 Years Old In 1717, James returned to Boston from England with a Ramage press and a small quantity of type letters to start in the printing trade, and younger brother, Benjamin, became indentured to him.
1721 24 Years Old James began publishing the Courant in Boston in 1721 with wife, Ann, and brother, Benjamin, working alongside him. … Read More
1722 25 Years Old The Courant was considered controversial, and James was imprisoned for four weeks in 1722 for writing "scandalous libel". … Read More
1723 26 Years Old James married Ann Smith, who came from a Puritan family, in 1723, on his 26th birthday. … Read More


1727 30 Years Old Starting in 1727, James printed and published eight editions of the Rhode-Island Almanack, sometimes under the pseudonym "Poor Robin". … Read More
1732 35 Years Old On September 27, 1732, James published the first issue of the Rhode Island Gazette, by in size. … Read More
1735 38 Years Old After a long illness, James died in Newport in 1735, on his 38th birthday and 12th wedding anniversary. … Read More
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