Richard Bache, Sr. (1737 - 1811)

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Birthplace: Settle, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: U.S. Postmaster General, 1776-1782; marine insurance underwriter and importer in Philadelphia
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About Richard Bache, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA. DAR Ancestor #: A004311

Richard Bache (1737-1811) was the second Postmaster-General of the United States, 1776-1790, following his father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, in this office.

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Richard Bache (1737–1811), 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. Although Franklin never formally approved, he acquiesced to the marriage in 1767, and afterward he installed Bache as head of the American Post Office. Bache quit the post a few years after Franklin's death (1790) and lived off Franklin's inheritance on a country estate.[1]

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).

Sources:

1. Eugenia W. Herbert, "A Note on Richard Bache (1737–1811)." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 1976 100(1): 97-103. 0031-4587

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1811), born in Yorkshire, England, married the only daughter of Benjamin Franklin in 1767, having immigrated to New York City in 1765. He served as comptroller of the Postal Service under Franklin from 1775–1776, and was Franklin's successor as Postmaster General, serving from 1776–1782 during much of the Revolutionary War; he 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)

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).

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Bache, Richard, born in Settle, 12 Sept., 1787, died in Berks County, Pa., 29 July, 1811, was the eigh­teenth child, and followed Theophylact to the colo­nies. He went to Philadelphia in 1770, and estab­lished himself in business as his brother's agent, underwriting marine insurance risks, and accumu­lating a handsome fortune. At the beginning of the revolution he was chairman of the Republican Society in Philadelphia. He married Sarah, the only daughter of Benjamin Franklin, 3 Oct., 1767. Franklin appointed him secretary, comptroller, and register-general, to date from 29 Sept., 1775; and this office he held until November, 1776, when he became postmaster-general, and continued as such till 1782. He was an earnest patriot during the revolutionary struggle.

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Richard Bache (1737–1811), 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. Although Franklin never formally approved, he acquiesced to the marriage in 1767, and afterward he installed Bache as head of the American Post Office. Bache quit the post a few years after Franklin's death (1790) and lived off Franklin's inheritance on a country estate.[1]

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).

References

  1. ^ Herbert, Eugenia W. (1976). "A Note on Richard Bache (1737–1811)". Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 100 (1): 97–103. ISSN 0031-4587.

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Richard Bache, Sr., 2nd US Postmaster General's Timeline

1737
September 12, 1737
Settle, Yorkshire, England
1767
1767
Age 29
1769
August 12, 1769
Age 31
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1773
May 31, 1773
Age 35
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1775
1775
Age 37
1777
September 10, 1777
Age 39
1779
October 7, 1779
Age 42
1781
October 1, 1781
Age 44
1784
March 11, 1784
Age 46
1788
September 12, 1788
Age 51