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GODDARD, William, printer, born in New London, Connecticut, in 1740" died in Providence, Rhode Island, 23 December, 1817. He established the first printing-press at Providence on 20 October, 1762, where he also began printing the "Gazette." He soon afterward became one of the publishers of the New York "Gazette and Postboy," and in 1766 removed to Philadelphia, where, with Galloway and Wharton, he published the "Pennsylvania Chronicle." In 1773 he went to Baltimore and established the "Maryland Journal." He was active in organizing the post-office, and was appointed surveyor of roads and comptroller in 1775. He sold his press in 1792, and retired to a farm in Johnston, Rhode Island, but, afterward removed to Providence. He was a Whig in the Revolution. His friend, General Charles Lee (who was the writer of the "Queries" in the "Journal " which caused Goddard trouble with the Whig club in 1779), bequeathed him a portion of his extensive landed estate in Virginia. He published a "History of the Pennsylvania Chronicle" (1770). --His son, William Giles, educator, born in Johnston, Rhode Island, 2 January 1794 ; died in Providence, 16 February, 1846. He was graduated at Brown in 1812, was professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics there in 1825-'34, and of rhetoric and belles-lettres in 1834-'42. He was editor and proprietor of the "Rhode Island American," Providence, in 1814-'25. He had been a member of the Rhode Island legislature. His writings were edited by his son, F. W. Goddard (2 vols., 8vo, Providence, 1870).
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