Bache, Richard (1784–1848)

By: Lura N. Rouse

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Richard Bache, Galveston County official and state legislator, the son of Richard and Sarah (Franklin) Bache and grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was born in Philadelphia on March 11, 1784. He married Sophia Burrell Dallas, daughter of the United States secretary of the treasury and sister of United States vice president George M. Dallas, on April 4, 1805. The couple had nine children. Bache served as captain of the Franklin Flying Artillery of the Philadelphia Volunteers in the War of 1812. He also served in the United States Navy and as Philadelphia postmaster. In 1836 he abandoned his family, possibly for financial reasons, and traveled to Texas, where he served on the Zavala in the Texas Navy. On May 1, 1836, he was mustered into the Louisiana Independent Volunteers, commanded by J. J. Robinson, and while in service he briefly guarded Antonio López de Santa Anna. In 1838–39 he served as chief clerk in the Navy Department at Houston and was enrolling clerk of the House of Representatives in the Third Congress of the republic. In 1842 he moved to Galveston, where he became commissioner of the navy yard and was made justice of the peace for Galveston County. As a member of the Convention of 1845, he cast the only vote against the annexation of Texas; nevertheless, he helped draw up the Constitution of 1845. He was subsequently import inspector at Galveston and represented Galveston in the Senate of the Second Texas Legislature. He was a Mason. Bache died in Austin on March 17, 1848, and was buried there.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
  • Second Legislature (1847-1848)
  • Senate

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Lura N. Rouse, “Bache, Richard,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994