Mary Katherine Goddard

(1738—1816) printer and postmaster

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Learning the printing business from her brother William, Goddard entered the trade in 1762 and worked in Providence and Philadelphia, before establishing herself in Baltimore in 1775 as an expert printer of almanacs, pamphlets, and broadsides, and as the successful editor-publisher of the weekly Maryland Journal. The first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence listing all of the signers came from her press in 1777. Goddard was also a bookbinder and the first female postmaster (1775–89).

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