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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.
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.