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1738, Jan 11812, Nov 17
the founder of The Times newspaper. He was born in London and was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, then located in London. Walter was engaged in a prosperous business as a coal merchant from the death of his father Richard Walter (about 1755/6) until 1781. He played a leading part in establishing the Coal Exchange in London; but shortly after 1781, when he began to occupy himself solely as an underwriter and became a member of Lloyds, he over-speculated and failed.
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01/01/1785-John Walter publishes first issue of The London Times as The Daily Universal Register
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