John Campbell (editor)
Campbell was one of a family or kin of Boston booksellers and public officials whose relationships are not determinable. He arrived in Boston some time before 1698, and in 1702 was appointed postmaster. As postmaster, he was the news center of the New England provinces, and in 1703 was writing “news letters” of European news to Governor Fitz-John Winthrop of Connecticut, and perhaps to other governors, made up of information received from arriving travelers, etc., with inferences as to New England policy.
In 1704 he decided to make these news items public and for sale; and on 24 April issued the first newspaper in America, The Boston News-Letter, which he edited until 1722. It was not the first attempt at a newspaper, but it was the first to become an established concern.
In 1719 he was deprived of the postmaster position. He was justice of the peace in Suffolk County for some years.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Campbell, John, American editor". Encyclopedia Americana.