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William Parks (May 23, 1699 – April 1, 1750) was a printer and journalist in England and Colonial America. He was the first printer in Maryland officially authorized as the printer for the public for the colonial government. He published the first newspaper in the Southern American colonies, the Maryland Gazette. He later became the officially authorized printer for the public for the colonial government of Virginia. Parks was the publicizer and printer of the first official collection of the authentic 1733 set of Virginia’s laws. He was the first colonial publisher and proprietor of the Virginia Gazette newspaper. He established a paper factory in Virginia, which was the first mill south of Pennsylvania. Parks worked with Benjamin Franklin on several projects related to printing.

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  • William Parks (May 23, 1699 – April 1, 1750) was a printer and journalist in England and Colonial America. He was the first printer in Maryland officially authorized as the printer for the public for the colonial government. He published the first newspaper in the Southern American colonies, the Maryland Gazette. He later became the officially authorized printer for the public for the colonial government of Virginia. Parks was the publicizer and printer of the first official collection of the authentic 1733 set of Virginia’s laws. He was the first colonial publisher and proprietor of the Virginia Gazette newspaper. He established a paper factory in Virginia, which was the first mill south of Pennsylvania. Parks worked with Benjamin Franklin on several projects related to printing.
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  • Shropshire, England
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