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Seaton, William Winston (11 January 1785–16 June 1866), journalist, was born at his family’s stately homestead, “Chelsea,” in King William County, Virginia, the son of Augustine Seaton and Mary Winston, Virginia gentry. Seaton was tutored at home before he attended Ogilvie’s Academy in Richmond. At age seventeen he learned the printing trade in the offices of the ...

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Thomas, Isaiah (19 January 1749–04 April 1831), printer and newspaperman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Moses Thomas and Fidelity Grant. His grandfather, Peter Thomas, was a successful merchant, but his father fell victim to a roving spirit and failed to settle on an occupation. Left to his mother’s tutelage after his father’s death in 1752, Isaiah Thomas began his printing apprenticeship in June 1756 in the shop of Zechariah Fowle, whom he later described in his ...