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Thomas, Isaiah

Born: 1749 AD
Died: 1831 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Publishers, Writers

1749 – Isaiah Thomas born on the 8th of January in Boston, Massachusetts. He was an American newspaper publisher and author. He was active in the American Revolution and performed the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1756 – He was apprenticed to Zechariah Fowle. While still in his teens, Thomas took over management of the print shop, and by the age of seventeen was considered an excellent printer.

1770 – He returned to Boston and Fowle. Shortly after, they became partners who established the newspaper Massachusetts Spy.  Thomas’s Whig tendencies led his paper to continuously support the liberties of the people.
1775 – On the 16th of April (three days before the Battle of Concord, in which he took part), Thomas took his presses from Boston and set them up in Worcester, where he was also postmaster for a time.

1812 – He was a founder of the American Antiquarian Society as well as their first president resulting from his interest in the preservation of American history materials. Thomas eventually became connected to Allegheny College and its library through Rev. William Bentley’s estate.

1831 – Died on the 31st of April.