March 31, 1770, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Jan­u­a­ry 23, 1858, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Lau­rel Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.


John was the son of Ebenezer Wyeth and Mary Winship.

He was apprenticed to a printer as a boy. At age 21, he became the manager of a printing company in Santo Domingo, only to barely escape with his life in the insurrection there.

In 1792, he returned to America, and settled in Harrisburg, Penn­syl­van­ia, where he became involved in the publishing business and co-owned a newspaper (The Oracle of Dauphin).

After only a year in Harrisburg, President George Washington appointed him postmaster; he lost his office five years later when President John Adams declared the position to be incompatible with involvement in newspapers. His works in­clude:

These two volumes were hugely successful, selling 150,000 copies.

  1. Brewer
  2. Nettleton
  3. Salford