Alexander, William (Lord Stirling)

PA — 11 September 1777.
NY — 27 August 1776.
New York, NY — Destroyed by fire in 1776, the second Trinity Church was consecrated in 1790. The graveyard is the burial ground for several patriots, including Alexander Hamilton.

The press was the mass medium of the eighteenth century, the only way to bring both news and commentary to a broad public audience. The popularity of newspapers soared in Revolutionary America: By the late 1780s, the United States had about ninety-five newspapers, over twice the number at the time of independence. Moreover, the newspapers of 1776 were weeklies, but those of 1787 we often published two or three times a week. There were even a few that appeared daily to satisfy the hungry reading public.

Pauline Maier
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787—1788 (2010)