American businessman and Postmaster General
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.