Benjamin Franklin Bache, I (1769 - 1798)

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Cause of death: Yellow Fever
Occupation: journalist, printer and publisher
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About Benjamin Franklin Bache, I

  1. Benjamin Franklin Bache (b. 1769, d. 1798 during the Philadelphia Yellow Fever outbreak) married Margaret Markoe, leading journalist who died while imprisoned under the Sedition Act by the Federalists.

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Benjamin Franklin Bache M 12 Aug 1769 in Philadelphia, [county], Pennsylvania, USA Edit

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Bache_(journalist)

Benjamin Franklin Bache (1769–1798), son of Richard and Sarah Bache and the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was an American journalist. He headed the openly Jeffersonian publication, the Philadelphia Aurora, which is notable for being some of the impulse behind the Alien and Sedition Act.

Early life

As a young boy, Bache spent time in France with his grandfather, notably attending school with John Adams' son and future president John Quincy Adams in Passy. He was said to be a good student, even winning the school prize for translating Latin into French at a school in Geneva, Switzerland. Perhaps due to his grandfather's habit of being away without visiting for long periods of time, Bache was described as a depressed and shy adolescent. Though sensible and reasonable, Bache was said to often come across as cold and lacking fantasies or needs.

Upon returning to Philadelphia, Bache was ushered into work as a printer at his grandfather's old shop, prefiguring his future career as a newspaper editor. He took lessons for a time under François Didot, a well acknowledged and respected printer.

Newspaper career

Following his grandfather's death in 1790, Bache inherited his printing equipment and many of his books. He followed in his grandfather's steps by establishing, seventy years after the New England Courant was first published, The Philadelphia Aurora. The paper was notoriously passionate, even surpassing grandfather Benjamin Franklin's fierce pro-French and democratic stances.

Bache's articles denounced Federalists. The papers openly discredited both George Washington and John Adams. Among Bache's more controversial statements was the suggestion that Washington had secretly been collaborating with the British during the American Revolution. Bache was subsequently arrested after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, legislation supported by then-President Adams. This law may have been written, at least in part, as a response to Bache's statements.

Bache died from yellow fever at the age of 29 before he could stand trial, and is buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.[1] He is regarded by many Americans as an early champion of the Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment.

-------------------- Benjamin Franklin Bache (Aug. 12, 1769 – Sept. 10, 1798), son of Richard and Sarah Bache and the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was an American journalist. He headed the openly Jeffersonian publication, the Philadelphia Aurora, which is notable for being some of the impulse behind the Alien and Sedition Act. Bache was often referred to as "Lightning Rod Junior" after his famous grandfather.

Contents

   * 1 Early life
   * 2 Newspaper career
   * 3 Also see
   * 4 References
   * 5 External links
   * 6 Bibliography

Early life

As a young boy, Bache spent time in France with his grandfather, notably attending school with John Adams' son and future president John Quincy Adams in Passy. He was said to be a good student, even winning the school prize for translating Latin into French at a school in Geneva, Switzerland. Perhaps due to his grandfather's habit of being away without visiting for long periods of time, Bache was described as a depressed and shy adolescent. Though sensible and reasonable, Bache was said to often come across as cold and lacking fantasies or needs.

Upon returning to Philadelphia, Bache was ushered into work as a printer at his grandfather's old shop, prefiguring his future career as a newspaper editor. He took lessons for a time under François Didot, a well acknowledged and respected printer.

Newspaper career

Following his grandfather's death in 1790, Bache inherited his printing equipment and many of his books. He followed in his grandfather's steps by establishing, seventy years after the New England Courant was first published, The Philadelphia Aurora. The paper was notoriously passionate, even surpassing grandfather Benjamin Franklin's fierce pro-French and democratic stances.

Bache's articles denounced Federalists. The papers openly discredited both George Washington and John Adams. Among Bache's more controversial statements was the suggestion that Washington had secretly been collaborating with the British during the American Revolution. Bache was subsequently arrested after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, legislation supported by then-President Adams. This law may have been written, at least in part, as a response to Bache's statements.

Bache died from yellow fever at the age of 29 before he could stand trial, and is buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.[1] He is regarded by many Americans as an early champion of the Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment. [edit] Also see

   * Richard Bache, Jr., brother

References

  1. ^ Find a Grave, Benjamin Franklin Bache. Accessed 2010.03.24.

External links

   * Benjamin Franklin Bache at Find A Grave

Bibliography

See Richard N. Rosenfeld, AMERICAN AURORA (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997).

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Benjamin F. Bache, I, journalist's Timeline

1769
August 12, 1769
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1791
November 17, 1791
Age 22
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1792
October 25, 1792
Age 23
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1798
September 10, 1798
Age 29
Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Philadelphia, PA, USA