John Dunlap.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Dunlap was born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland back in 1747. When he was 10 he was sent to Philadelphia to work for his uncle William as an apprentice who was a printer and bookseller. In 1766, his uncle left the business to John. In 1771, John began publishing the Pennsylvania Packet.

He served in the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary, seeing action at the Battle of Trenton, the Battle of Princeton and the Whiskey Rebellion. Before the war was over he had risen to the rank of Major. In 1784, he printed a daily paper “North American and United States Gazette”. While it wasn’t the first paper it became the first successful daily paper. His first major success came from the sale of real estate. He bought property confiscated from the Loyalists. After the war, he bought land in what would become Kentucky. From his business dealing he retired when he was forty-eight. He died in Philadelphia in 1812.

What you may not know about John is that he printed the first copies of the United States Declaration of Independence. He printed 200 copies, if you can find one they belong to the Government, pity.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray imagine the value on that little item.... finders keepers...

Oct 19, 2019 02:31 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was a thinking man who saw opportunity. Enjoy your day! 

Oct 19, 2019 04:03 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I wonder how many of the original are still around.

Oct 19, 2019 04:43 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I had no idea that the government claims an original of the Declaration of Independence as public property, James. I wonder how many copies are in existence today.

Oct 19, 2019 04:58 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A Philadelphia son who went on to great things.....

Oct 19, 2019 05:02 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting that the government can claim the copy of the Declaration of Independence.  Another interesting fact from your abundant well.  A

Oct 19, 2019 05:14 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Geez, at 10 years of age I was having fun playing basketball, not being shipped off to work, haha.

Oct 19, 2019 06:07 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The government thinks they own everything anyway.

Just like guns!

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Oct 19, 2019 06:07 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

God morning James - he must have been a competitive publisher to Ben Franklin.  

Oct 19, 2019 08:41 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - someone had to do it, right?  Now I know.  

Oct 19, 2019 08:42 AM #10
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Very interesting story about John Dunlap....especially about the Declaration of Independence copy.

Oct 19, 2019 10:58 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Glad  about his involvement with the Decaration of Independence.  Thanks for the information.

Oct 19, 2019 11:49 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I am with Barbara on this one.  Finders Keepers!

Oct 19, 2019 11:51 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

If I were to come across one of his 200 copies of the Declaration of Independence I would be hard-pressed to part with it. 

Oct 19, 2019 12:58 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I'm with Debe Maxwell, CRS  if I found one of those I'm not sure I could give it up.

Oct 19, 2019 01:33 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another fascinating story! Imagine coming across one of those gems!! Who would not to give THAT up!


Oct 19, 2019 05:13 PM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing John Dunlap's interesting story.  Involved so closely in something we all treasure.

Oct 19, 2019 08:00 PM #17
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Wow, that's amazing. John Dunlop printed the first copies of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Oct 19, 2019 08:56 PM #18
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

All I know is that you will not find any of the original copies in my possession.

What a find that would be!

Nov 17, 2019 09:01 AM #19
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