Apprenticed to William Bradford in New York (1727). Ran away to Philadelphia where he began working with Franklin (1733). Formed silent partnership with Franklin, who helped him begin a printing business in New York (1742). Made public printer in New York. Took Franklin’s nephew, Benjamin Mecom, as apprentice.
Became postmaster of New Haven (1754). Secretary and comptroller for the British postal service in the American colonies (1757).
Born in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Married to Mary Ballareau; two children: Samuel Franklin and Jane Ballareau, who married Gunning Bedford, Jr.