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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