|A Year of Colonial American Frontier History|
Andrew Bradford began publication of Philadelphia’s first newspaper, the American Weekly Mercury
Andrew Bradford (1686 – November 24, 1742)
Born into a printing family in 1686, Andrew's father, William, was a printer as were his grandfathers. The family moved to New York when he was six years old. While in New York, his father taught him the printing trade. His father had set up the first print shop in Philadelphia before his move to New York. Andrew moved back to Philadelphia in 1712 and opened his first print shop in 1719. Bradford employed young Benjamin Franklin when he came to Philadelphia.
American Weekly Mercury
The newspaper was the fourth in the American English colonies and the first in the middle colonies. The newspaper ceased publication in 1749 after being successful for many years.
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
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