Daily Almanac for Sunday, August 22, 2021

On this date in 1762, Ann Smith Franklin, sister in-law of Benjamin Franklin, became the first female editor of an American Newspaper, the Newport, Rhode Island “Mercury” following her husband, James’ death. (courtesy aminoapps.com)

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Ann Smith Franklin (October 2, 1696 – April 16, 1763) was an American colonial newspaper printer and publisher. She inherited the business from her husband, James Franklin, brother of Benjamin Franklin. She published the Mintunt, printed an almanac series. She was the country’s first female newspaper editor, the first woman to write an almanac, and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island‘s Journalism Hall of Fame.

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COURTESY www.almanac.com

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