Thomas Jefferson Papers

Account with Zachariah Poulson, Jr., 12 March 1802

Account with Zachariah Poulson, Jr.

His Excellency the President
of the United States
, Philadelphia, March 12th. 1802.

To Zachariah Poulson, junr. Dr. 
For the American Daily Advertiser, from the first day of October, 1800, to the last day of December 1801, } $11.25

MS (MHi); printed form, with blanks filled by an unidentified hand reproduced in italics; endorsed by TJ: “Newspapers.”

Zachariah Poulson, Jr. (1761–1844), succeeded David C. Claypoole as publisher of the first daily newspaper in the United States, which he continued in Philadelphia as Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser from 1800 until 1839. He was a founder of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, one of the managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, and served as librarian and director of the Library Company of Philadelphia (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 2:947; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 1:426; Henry Simpson, The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased [Philadelphia, 1859], 805–7; DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ).

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