Born: March 31, 1770, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 23, 1858, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: 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. H lost his of­fice five years lat­er when Pre­si­dent John Adams de­clared the po­si­tion to be in­com­pa­ti­ble with in­volve­ment in news­pa­pers.

Wyeth’s works in­clude:

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

  1. Brewer
  2. Nettleton
  3. Salford