Irish-born John Dunlap, who had served with Washington in earlier revolutionary conflicts, emerged as one of the most successful American printers of the period. His weekly Pennsylvania Packet, or General Advertiser, established in 1771, became America’s first successful daily newspaper. Because he held the contract as printer for the Continental Congress, Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence was delivered to John Dunlap’s print shop in Philadelphia. It is estimated that of the two hundred copies of the “Dunlap Broadside” that were printed, twenty-six have survived, two of which are in the collections of the Library of Congress.
Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1776.