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Mathew Carey

  • Birth 28 Jan 1760 Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Death 16 Sep 1839 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 10700823

Publisher. At fifteen, he decided to be both a printer and bookseller, and two years later he produced his first pamphlet. A later publication, addressed to Irish Catholics was so incendiary that Carey had to escape Ireland to avoid prosecution and imprisonment. After fleeing to Paris, Carey met Benjamin Franklin who represented the United States at the court of Versailles. Franklin offered him printing work, and Carey emigrated to America. He founded the Pennsylvania Herald in 1785 and the Columbian Magazine in 1786; he became a prominent publisher and bookseller in Philadelphia. Carey published the Douay Bible (the Catholic Bible) which appeared in 48 weekly installments that would be bound by the subscribers once all issues were received. An important contribution to American culture was his periodical, The American Museum; it was the first American periodical to treat American culture aa rich and valued original rather than as a poor imitation of Great Britain's. His publishing house would be continued by his son, Matthew, and son-in-law, Isaac Lea. It was later run by Carey's grandson Henry Charles Lea. Carey was a member of ecumenical American Sunday School Union: Episcopal Bishop William White, Quakers Dr. Benjamin Rush and Thomas P. Cope, and Carey, were among the founders. The Union's goal was to formally educate children and adults in Christianity through with the use of classes and teaching materials.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10700823
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mathew Carey (28 Jan 1760–16 Sep 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10700823, citing Saint Mary's Catholic Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .