William Woodward (director) 1818

Publisher and Printer

William Woodward was another publisher and printer, but he used a different method of distribution than his peer, Jacob Johnson. Woodward had in his employ a group of missionaries and pastors who would distribute his religious texts to the areas where they were preaching at the time. A Presbyterian himself, Woodward had a diverse staff of pastors as salesmen including seventeen Baptists, twelve Presbyterians, four Congregationalists, two Methodist and one Episcopalian. Well know for his piety and fine religious works, the pastors were happy to supplement their own income as well as work with Woodward. They sold books such as “Village Sermons,” which contained 52 different sermons for each week of the year, to Sunday schools, families looking for a weekly read and churches. He was a director of the bank in 1818.

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