Glossary Term – Person
Mary Katherine Goddard (1738–1816) was the printer of the first copy of the Declaration of Independence to include the names of the signers in January 1777. Goddard was also the editor and publisher of various Revolutionary-era colonial newspapers, an unusual occupation for a woman at the time. Goddard was appointed postmaster of Baltimore of 1775, likely making her the first woman to hold that position anywhere in America. In 1789, however, she was replaced by a male colleague despite protests by the citizens of Baltimore.