William Bradford (1722-1791)
|The American Magazine and monthly chronicle for the British Colonies. Volume I. Containing from October 1757 to October 1758 inclusive. By a Society of Gentlemen. [Edited by Rev. William Smith] Philadelphia: Printed and sold by William Bradford at the corner house in Front and Market-Streets, 1758.|
William, American Revolutionary printer and patriot, was grandson of early
Philadelphia printer William Bradford (1663-1752). He learned printing from
his uncle, Andrew Bradford, in Philadelphia, and in 1742 set up his own shop.
He established the successful anti-British Weekly Advertiser, which competed
for many years with Benjamin Franklinís newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette.
He also printed a number of books. In 1754 he established the London Coffee
House in Philadelphia; this became the seat of the merchantsí exchange. Bradford
was a leader of the Sons of Liberty and official printer to the First Continental
Congress. He became a major in the Continental Army and was badly wounded at
Princeton. In 1766, William entered into a partnership with his son, Thomas
Bradford, who carried on the business until 1814.
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