Green, Bartholomew

Green, Bartholomew

Green, Bartholomew, 1666-1732, early American printer, b. Cambridge, Mass.; the son of Samuel Green. He inherited his father's press in Cambridge in 1692 and moved it to Boston. He had the patronage of the government and of Harvard and became the foremost printer in New England. Except for four years Green printed the Boston News-Letter, the first American newspaper, from its inception in 1704 until his death. In 1722 he became its publisher also. His son-in-law, John Draper, succeeded to the News-Letter.
Bartholomew Green Jr.,(1699 – 29 October 1751),born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a son of Bartholomew Green, printer of the Boston News-Letter.

Green married Hannah Hammond in 1724 and they were to have five children. He apprenticed with his father until he went on his own in 1725. Almost immediately he began printing the Boston Gazette which was a rival to his father's Boston News-Letter. He continued to print this newspaper until 1732. He also worked with the firm of Bushell, Allen and Green and developed a reputation for high quality printing.

A commission in the British army in 1744 appears to have adversely affected his business and in 1751 Green moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to start a printing office. This became the first printing office in what is now Canada but Green died before it went into newspaper production. One of his partners, John Bushell, actually started the paper that Bartholomew had planned. It was named the Halifax Gazette.

Green died at Halifax and it appears that his two sons, who were printers, were never involved in the Halifax operation.

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