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Mary Katherine Goddard
Scarce Autograph of Founding Mother Mary Katherine Goddard, the First Female Postmaster, and First Female Publisher in America Perhaps the only example of her autograph in private hands, relating to her publishing business. Perhaps the only example of her autograph in private hands, relating to her publishing business.
30/05/1771. <blockquote><p>Among the most influential women of the Revolutionary War era, she actively espoused the patriot cause</p></blockquote><p>In 1762, 22 year old William Goddard opened the first newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island, and the next year began publishing the annual West's Almanack. A few years later his sister Mary Katherine Goddard and mother Sarah Goddard came to join him. Mary Katherine forewent many of the usual activities for young ladies to work as a typesetter, printer, and journalist. Although the younger William was ostensibly in charge, he traveled a great deal, and it was his sister and mother who were the true publishers of these publications. The mother/daughter team took over altogether in 1766 when William went to Philadelphia, and the women made their print shop a hub of activity at a time when newspapers exerted great political influence. They added a bookbindery, and in addition to the Gazette and almanac, published pamphlets and occasionally books. They were the first woman publishers in America.</p><p>In Philadelphia William began another print shop and newspaper, the Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser. The women joined him there in 1768 and helped run the paper. After Sarah Goddard's 1770 death, Mary Katherine kept the business running, as William was frequently jailed for public outbursts and rabble-rousing articles in the paper. His sister's contrasting business ability is clear in that, according to William Goddard's biographer, "the shop [became] one of the largest in the colonies." In May 1773, William left Ph … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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