John Carter, 1745-1814, was the editor of the Providence Gazette. He began his journalistic career as an apprentice to Benjamin Franklin. From 1767 until 1814 John Carter molded public opinion in Providence. His Gazette was a strong supporter of the Revolutionary cause and the ratification of the federal Constitution. Carter, among his many civic involvements, served as Providence postmaster for 20 years (1772-1792). His daughter Ann married businessman-philanthropist Nicholas Brown II.