He was born in Medford
, November, 1740, and served his apprenticeship, at the printing-business, with his uncle, Daniel Fowle
, of Portsmouth
He began business in 1763, at Newport, R. I.
, in company with Anne Franklin
He left Newport
in March, 1768, and opened a printing-office in Salem
in April, and commenced the publication of the “Essex Gazette,” Aug. 2 of that year.
In 1772, he admitted his brother Ebenezer as partner in trade; and the firm was Samuel and Ebenezer Hall.
They remained in Salem
until May, 1775, when they removed to Cambridge
, and printed in Stoughton Hall.
Their paper was then called “New England
chronicle and Salem Gazette.”
Ebenezer was born in Medford
, September, 1749, and died in February, 1776, aged twenty-seven.
He learned the art of printing from his brother.
He was a good workman, a steady young man, and promised to be an able editor.
After the death of Ebenezer, his brother Samuel removed to Boston
, and remained there till 1781, when he returned to Salem
, and, on Thursday, Oct. 17, 1781, published the “Salem Gazette.”
The last sheet of this paper which he issued was on Thursday, Nov. 22, 1785.
After this, he removed to Boston
; and on Monday, Nov. 26, of that month, he issued the first sheet of the “Massachusetts
He died Oct. 30, 1807, aged sixty-seven.
He was an able