James Franklin
(1697-1735)

Died aged 38

James Franklin (February 4, 1697 in Boston – February 4, 1735 in Newport, Rhode Island) 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 newspapers.

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Here is 1719 stood the printing office of James Franklin publisher of the New England Courant. Here served as an apprentice his brother Benjamin Franklin. Here 1769 to 1776 Edes and Gill published the Boston Gazette.

Court Street, Boston, MA, United States where they worked