1760 – Carey came from a middle-class family and was born in Dublin.
1775 – He entered the bookselling and printing business and when still only seventeen published a pamphlet criticizing dueling.
1779 – He met Dr. Benjamin Franklin, working at the time as American revolutionary ambassador to France, who took him on to work in his printing office.
– Carey worked for Franklin for a year before returning to Ireland where he edited The Freeman’s Journal and The Volunteer’s Journal, both of which were politically polemic publications
1784 – His stock with the authorities did not thereby increase and so he left Ireland for good, settling in the United States.
1825 – Carey retired, leaving his business to his son, Henry C. Carey.
1839 – Mathew Carey died.