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Richard Bache
Richard Bache (1737-1811) by John Hoppner.jpg
United States Postmaster General
In office
November 7, 1776 – January 28, 1782
Preceded by Benjamin Franklin
Succeeded by Ebenezer Hazard
Personal details
Born (1737-09-12)September 12, 1737
Settle, Great Britain
Died April 17, 1811(1811-04-17) (aged 73)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Sarah Franklin
(m. 1767; died 1808)
Children
  • Benjamin Franklin Bache
  • William Franklin Bache
  • Sarah Franklin Bache
  • Eliza Harwood
  • Louis Franklin Bache
  • Deborah Duane
  • Richard Bache Jr.
  • Sarah Sergeant

Richard Bache (1737–1811) worked for the Postal Service under Benjamin Franklin from 1775–1776, and was Franklin's successor as Postmaster General, serving from 1776–1782 during the Revolutionary War. He also served on the Board of War.

He was born in Yorkshire, England and married the only daughter of Franklin in 1767, after immigrating to New York City in 1765. His wife, Sarah Franklin 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).

Mrs. Richard Bache (Sarah Franklin, 1743–1808)
Richard Bache's wife, Sarah Franklin, painted by John Hoppner (1793)
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