Edward Eveleth Powars

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Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1787; printed by Powars, Court Street, Boston, 1787 (State Library of Massachusetts)

Edward Eveleth Powars was a printer in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, in the late 18th century. He published the Independent Chronicle (1776-ca.1779),[1][2] the Boston Evening-Post (1781–1784),[3] the American Herald (1784–1790), and The Argus. He worked with Nathaniel Willis as "Powars & Willis."[4]

In 1781 he kept his "printing-office" in Boston, at "the lower end of State-Street, over Mr. Simon Eliot's snuff-store."[5] He moved to Worcester in 1788, "having been humiliatingly neglected ... for printing a free paper."[6] By 1791 he'd returned to Boston; around 1796 he lived on Temple Street.[7][8]

Around 1803 he worked "as a compositor in the office of Samuel Etheridge, in Charlestown."[9] In 1813 "he held the office of Messenger to the Governor and Council of the Commonwealth."[10][11]

"At a later period, he was a traveling bookseller, and died on one of his expeditions in the Western States."[10]


  1. ^ Library of Congress. Independent chronicle, w., Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 1776.
  2. ^ Library of Congress. The Independent chronicle. And the universal advertiser, w., s.w., Nov. 7, 1776-Dec. 29, 1800+
  3. ^ Library of Congress. The Boston evening-post: and the general advertiser, w., Oct. 20, 1781-Jan. 10, 1784.
  4. ^ Boston news letter, and city record, Sept. 23, 1826.
  5. ^ Boston Evening Post, Dec. 8, 1781.
  6. ^ New Hampshire Spy, Sept. 16, 1788
  7. ^ Herald of Freedom, July 1, 1791
  8. ^ Boston Directory. 1796
  9. ^ Joseph Tinker Buckingham. Specimens of newspaper literature: with personal memoirs, anecdotes, and reminiscences, Volume 1. Redding and Co., 1852. Google books
  10. ^ a b Buckingham. 1852
  11. ^ Resolves of the General Court of the commonwealth of Massachusetts passed at the sessions, in October 1812, and January 1813 published agreeably to a resolve of January 11, 1812.

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