1696, Oct 21763, Apr 16
an American colonial newspaper printer and publisher. She inherited the business from her husband, James Franklin, brother of Benjamin Franklin. She published the Newport, Rhode Island Mercury, printed an almanac series, and printed Rhode Island paper currency. Ann was the country’s first female newspaper editor, the first woman to write an almanac, and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island's Journalism Hall of Fame.
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08/22/1762-First female (Ann Smith Franklin) U.S. newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury 
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