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John Campbell

Campbell, John, 1653–1728, American editor, b. Scotland. After emigrating to Boston, he was postmaster of the city from 1702 to 1718 and wrote newsletters for regular patrons. In 1704 he started printing these newsletters as a weekly half sheet, devoted mostly to foreign news, entitled the Boston News-Letter. Sold to Bartholomew Green in 1722, it was the first successfully established paper to appear in colonial America.

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