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HALL, David, printer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1714; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 December, 1772. He learned the printing business at Edinburgh, and afterward worked in London in a printing house in which Strahan, who became law printer to the king, was at that time a journeyman. He came to America about 1747, entered into a partnership with Benjamin Franklin, which was dissolved in May, 1766, and then formed another with William Sellen. As a member of these firms he was one of the printers of the "Pennsylvania Gazette." The firm of Hall and Sellen were the printers of the paper money issued by congress during the Revolutionary war. Hall also conducted a large book and stationery store on his own account. He was well acquainted with the art of printing, a prudent and impartial conductor of the "Gazette," and a benevolent man. After his death, his sons, William and David, became the partners of Sellen, and afterward the business was carried on in the names of William and David Hall. William was for several years a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. The business was subsequently transferred to William Hall, Jr.
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