Benjamin Franklin Bache

Journalist, Author

1769 – 1798

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Who was Benjamin Franklin Bache?

Benjamin Franklin Bache was an American journalist, printer and publisher. He founded the Philadelphia Aurora, a newspaper that supported Jeffersonian philosophy. He frequently attacked the Federalist political leaders, including Presidents George Washington and John Adams, and historian Gordon S. Wood wrote that "no editor did more to politicize the press in the 1790s." His paper's heated attacks are thought to have contributed to Congress's passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts.

The grandson of Benjamin Franklin, Bache was often referred to as "Lightning Rod Junior" after his famous grandfather's experiment. The son of Sarah Franklin and Richard Bache, he died at 29 in the yellow-fever epidemic of 1798.

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Born
Aug 12, 1769
Philadelphia
Parents
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
Lived in
  • Philadelphia
Died
Sep 10, 1798
Resting place
Philadelphia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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