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James Davis became public printer in 1749 by appointment of the General Assembly. He also began the state's first newspaper, THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTE, in 1751, and held many local offices, including postmaster of New Bern and Carteret County sheriff.
James Davis came to North Carolina about two hundred years ago to become the state's first printer and to print the laws of the colony. He remained thirty-six years. He was the first man to establish a newspaper, print a magazine, and print a book.
James Davis ran the state's first printing press in New Bern, 1749. The General Assembly hired Davis as the official state printer. He was charged with printing money, journals about the assembly's activities, and the state's first newspaper called the North Carolina Gazette in 1751.
The North Carolina Gazette was the first newspaper published in North Carolina. The oldest found edition was published on November 15, 1751 by James Davis and was number 15.The paper was printed in New Bern, and included information on a range of topics including period laws for tavern and ordinary keepers.
This article details the establishment of printing in North Carolina between 1749 and 1760 including the identification and employment summaries for the first group of printers. The article concludes with a reprint of Stephen B. Weeks' 1891 Bibliography of North Carolina Imprints, 1749-1760 which includes some reproduced images of early prints.
This article examines the beginnings of newspapers in the American colonies starting with papers in Boston in the late 17th century and continuing to the Baltimore province in Maryland, to Charleston, and then to Williamsburg in Virginia. The latter became the first newspaper to be read in North Carolina due to the two colonies' commercial and cultural ties. Further information on the spread of printing to North Carolina and the development of papers there as well as information on period printing and printing offices are included.
The life of James Davis, North Carolina's first public printer, is recounted. Davis was appointed to the printer's position in 1749 by the North Carolina House of Burgess. He later started the state's first newspaper, THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTE, in New Bern in 1751. He held many local offices, including New Bern postmaster.
Excerpts from ‘This Day in North Carolina History,” mentioning Ellen Black Winston, Ann Durant, James Davis, John Coltrane, William B. Gould, Jacob Henry, James Lytch, James W. Cannon, and the Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership.
Winston, Ellen Black
; Durant, Anne
; Davis, James, 1721-1785
; Coltrane, John, 1926-1967
; Gould, William B.
; Henry, Jacob
; Lytch, James
; Cannon, James William, 1852-1921
; Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership