Richard Bache
American businessman and Postmaster General
Richard Bache
Richard Bache, born in Yorkshire, England, was the son-in-law of Benjamin Franklin. After arriving in Philadelphia from Yorkshire, England, in 1761, Bache prospered as a marine insurance underwriter and importer. In 1767, misfortune struck; debts contracted by him were repudiated by his London associate, Edward Green. Because of his impecunious state and reputation as a fortune hunter, Franklin objected to Bache's proposal to marry his daughter, Sarah.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1811
    Age 73
    Died in 1811.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1767
    Age 29
    Although Franklin never formally approved, he acquiesced to the marriage in 1767, and afterward he installed Bache as head of the American Post Office.
    More Details Hide Details Bache quit the post a few years after Franklin's death (1790) and lived off Franklin's inheritance on a country estate. Bache also served on the Board of War. His wife, Sarah Bache (1743–1808), was widely known for patriotism and benevolent activities. Their son, Richard Bache Jr., served in the Republic of Texas Navy and was elected as a Representative to the Second Texas Legislature in 1847. Another son was Benjamin Franklin Bache (1769–1798), a major journalist and spokesman for the Jeffersonian Republicans; he strenuously opposed George Washington, John Adams and the Federalist party. U.S. Navy surgeon Benjamin Franklin Bache (1801–1881) and the physicist Alexander Dallas Bache (1806–1867) were grandsons of Richard Bache Sr. (and thus great-grandsons of Benjamin Franklin).
    In 1767, misfortune struck; debts contracted by him were repudiated by his London associate, Edward Green.
    More Details Hide Details Because of his impecunious state and reputation as a fortune hunter, Franklin objected to Bache's proposal to marry his daughter, Sarah.
  • 1761
    Age 23
    After arriving in Philadelphia from Yorkshire, England, in 1761, Bache prospered as a marine insurance underwriter and importer.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1737
    Born
    Born in 1737.
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