Richard Bache, 1737–1811, American merchant, b. Yorkshire, England. He came to New York City in 1765 to join an older brother in the mercantile business. Bache soon moved to Philadelphia in the interest of the firm, which had built up a large West Indian trade. In 1767 he married Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Franklin. He served on many committees in the American Revolution, including the Board of War. He succeeded Franklin as Postmaster General in 1776 and held office until 1782.